Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Alex Graves set to direct Sony Pictures' Mulan

Perhaps aware of the need for some cultural sensitivity when it comes to the live action Mulan story, Walt Disney Pictures tried (and failed) to tempt Ang Lee (Life Of Pi) to direct their adaption. Sony Pictures are clearly not so worried with such concerns, with news arriving via Deadline that Alex Graves (Game Of Thrones) is set to call the shots on their take on the story.

Sony Pictures adaption is, however, taking square aim at the international market, lining Chinese co-production companies and searching for a Chinese lead. Jason Keller (Escape Plan) wrote the script for the film, which will follow the usual story of the young female warrior taking her sick father's place in the Chinese Imperial Army.

Graves, who made a couple of movies in the 1990s but has since gone on to have big success on TV, was an executive producer and director on The West Wing – for which he won two Emmy Awards – and has overseen episodes of some very successful TV series, including House Of Cards, Homeland and Game Of Thrones.

Despite the monolithic competition from the Mouse House, the Sony version is still coming together, but has yet to announce a release date. Walt Disney Pictures' version is targeting a 2018 release and is currently looking to lock in a director.

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