Zhang in live action Mulan
Ziyi Zhang is in final talks for a three film deal with the Weinstein brothers, the first movie she'll be starring in is the live action version of Disney's Mulan. Second on the slate is the remake of the classic The Seven Samurai...unbelievably it seems to be going ahead.
Variety through Coming Soon have the news that seems to legitimise the earlier rumours of the remake of one of the most influencial films of our time...that's not Mulan by the way! The news on the Mulan remake is much less galling.
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.
Looks like she's perfect for this role, and a three picture deal with the Weinsteins would be a great move. The most worrying part of this story though is the news that there is going to be a Seven Samurai remake!