Disney's 2018 remake of animated feature "Mulan" is to be helmed by Niki Caro of "Whale Rider," "McFarland, USA" and March's upcoming animal rescue drama "The Zookeeper's Wife."
New Zealander Niki Caro won BAFTA and Sundance recognition for box office success "Whale Rider" in 2002 and will now steer Disney's remake of its 1998 hit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Caro's involvement means that she is unlikely to direct "Captain Marvel," for which she was thought to be on the shortlist.
The story of "Mulan" is based on the ancient Chinese Ballad of Mulan.
Caro comes to the project as Hong Kong-based producer William Kong is also brought on board, having worked on a slew of blockbusters including "Hero," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Fearless," "Monster Hunt" and "Wolf Totem."