Niki Caro promises a "big, girly martial arts epic".

20 Mar 2017 - 1:03 PM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2017 - 1:03 PM

LOS ANGELES ( - Mulan will have no time to sing about her reflection in Disney's upcoming live-action remake, according to the film's director, Niki Caro.

"From what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children," Caro said in a recent interview published by Moviefone.

The director's statement comes during another Disney live-action remake's opening weekend in theatres. Beauty and the Beast is conquering the box office, and features songs from the animated original as well as new tracks penned for the update.

Caro also shared her vision for the film. "It's a big, girly martial arts epic," she said. "It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving."

Caro is best known for directing the critically acclaimed Whale Rider, which earned then-newcomer Keisha Castle-Hughes an Oscar nomination. She also more recently directed The Zookeeper's Wife with Jessica Chastain. Variety reported in February that she was in talks to direct Mulan.

Disney's plans to re-work the 1998 animated movie were first announced in 2015. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver came on board in 2015 to rewrite the spec by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin. Mulan is expected to hit theatres November 2018.


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