Director of the live-action remake of Disney’s animated classic Mulan, Niki Caro, has confirmed that the upcoming film will include music.
Caro has had to clarify her previous statement that the remake — not intended to be a musical — will not include any songs several times now. She recently spoke with Moviefone adding that a decision had not yet been made but in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter to promote her new film The Zookeeper’s Wife, Caro shared that the new Mulan will include music, however, it’s unclear the role it will play in the film:
“No, not at all. I mean, I haven’t even started on the movie yet. I haven’t seen a single casting yet, and these are conversations that are all ongoing. The live-action is based on that inspirational Chinese ballad and on the animated Disney classic. We’re still exploring the role that music’s going to play in it, but for sure there will be music.”
When asked about Disney’s ongoing search to find an Asian actress to play Mulan and whether or not she would work with experts on Chinese history and culture for the movie, Caro stressed the importance of cultural authenticity in her approach to all of her work:
“Of course, of course. In all my work that is centered in cultures not my own, I hope that comes through, because that is incredibly important to me. When I made Whale Rider, I saw that to be specific and authentic is to be universal, and I’ve continued to work in an identical way ever since. As the projects get bigger, the more certain I am that cultural authenticity and specificity is the only way to approach my work.”
Caro has described the remake as a big, girly martial arts epic that is extremely muscular and thrilling as well as entertaining and moving.
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Disney’s Mulan is currently slated to theaters on November 2, 2018.