‘Mulan’ remake scores female director

What a revolutionary concept: a film with a strong female character is going to be directed by a female director.

According to GlamourThe Hollywood Reporter revealed on Feb. 14 that the live-action remake of Disney’s classic Mulan will be directed by Niki Caro, who beat out Asian directors Ang Lee and Jiang Wen for the job. Hong Kong-based Bill Kong will take up the role of executive producer on the film, says Glamour. 

Caro, who earned two Oscar nominations for her 2005 film North Country, is also making a bit of history by sitting in the director’s chair for the remake: Glamour reports that she will become the second female in history (after Ava DuVernay) to direct a film with a budget of $100 million or more.

The Hollywood Reporter also laid to rest early speculation that the film would star white characters — even a potential white male lead — by sharing that the studio is “focusing its casting search in mainland China for the main roles, including the legendary woman warrior herself.”

 

Schumer to play live-action Barbie

As if a world comedy tour, a forthcoming film with Goldie Hawn and being named the highest paid female comedian weren’t enough, Amy Schumer just scored another major movie deal: to star as Barbie in a new live-action film.

According to InStyle, Deadline reported that the comedian will depict the title character in Sony Pictures’ live-action production, Barbie. But her character won’t experience the Barbie world in any typical fashion.

InStyle explains the film this way:

“Schumer will star as a doll who lives amongst all of the various Barbie characters in Barbieland, but doesn’t quite fit in. Due to the fact that she’s a bit eccentric and not exactly perfect, she ends up getting kicked out and embarking on an adventure in the real world where she comes to realize that what’s on the inside matters more than what’s on the outside.”

USA Today says that Schumer may even have a hand in the screenwriting process: although writer and producer Hilary Winston originally crafted the film’s concept and screenplay, The Hollywood Reporter says “Schumer and her sister, Inside Amy Schumer producer Kim Caramele, are expected to rewrite the script.”

The film will be released in summer 2018, says InStyle, and will have a PG rating.