Ziyi Zhang is the Live-Action Mulan
June 6, 2006
http://www.variety.com/The Weinstein Company is in final talks to sign a three-picture deal with top Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang, the first being a live-action version of Mulan. Second up with Zhang, the Weinsteins are planning a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film The Seven Samurai.
Mulan is set up as one of the debut pictures out of the new Meridian Pictures being established by Chinese multi-millionaire David Dong.
The movie is written by Wang Hui-ling (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and forthcoming John Woo project The Battle of Red Cliff). It draws on a Chinese folk tale of a female resistance fighter who disguises herself as her father to take his place in battle.
Disney made Mulan into an animated movie in 1998, but the tale was first put on the big screen in a 1956 Chinese production. The new Chinese-language film's budget is pegged at $20 million, with production scheduled for February.