'Mulan' director on putting in music: "We're still exploring"

Niki Caro doesn't feel pressured to live up to fans' expectations

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 4 Apr 2017

About Mulan's music
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Our ancestors have heard our pleas! Maybe.

The upcoming live-action remake of Mulan will have music, according to director Niki Caro, although it wasn't specified if the 'music' is just the requisite film score, or if includes I'll Make A Man Out of You, Girl Worth Fighting For and Honour To Us All from Disney's animated version.

Niki previously told Movie Fone that there weren't any musical numbers planned for the remake, to the horror of us all. Despite the backlash she's been receiving, the New Zealand filmmaker does not feel pressured to live up to fans' expectations for the film.

"I mean, I haven't even started on the movie yet," Niki told The Hollywood Reporter. "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."

That's reason enough to sit down for now. You'll also find relief in knowing that there will be no whitewashing of the cast. Chinese history and culture experts will be consulted for the film.

"In all my work that is centered in cultures not my own, I hope that comes through, because that is incredibly important to me," Niki added. "As the projects get bigger, the more certain I am that cultural authenticity and specificity is the only way to approach my work."

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