Niki Caro is a white female director that was hired recently by Disney to direct to the live action "Mulan" remake for Disney, which is said to be one of their most expensive endeavors yet, as the budget for the movie was reported to be around 200 million dollars thus far. For all you film gurus out there, I don't have to tell you that when a movie studio spends that kind of money on ANY FILM, it's usually because they expect the movie to be a billion dollar film or get reasonably close to that number.
Anyways, it seems Niki has been under a lot of scrutiny by the media and some fans citing how they would've preferred an Asian female director for "Mulan", or just an Asian director in general, and not a white woman instead. My thoughts personally is this. While I can understand the sentiments some people might feel, my biggest argument against this is...why? Are people really saying that only an Asian woman can direct a "Mulan" film? Personally, I always felt that when it comes to hiring director(s) for a film, you want the right person who's the right fit for that film; regardless of what their gender, sexuality and/or ethnicity is. Meaning, I don't care if you hire a Spanish guy, a black dude, or some transgender midget or whatever. I don't care. As long as they're the right fit for that movie, then I'm all for it. However, that's just me, but it seems that's not good enough for some people, as some people feel only an Asian woman should direct a "Mulan" movie, but eh....what do i know?
According to screen rant, it goes on to say that Disney did try to reach out to Ang Lee originally to direct the "Mulan" remake, before ultimately settling on Niki Caro. Before anyone says anything. I personally don't think Ang Lee would've been a good fit to direct the "Mulan" movie. While I loved some of his work on such films like "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" and "Life of Pi", he's not a very versatile director that can handle mainstream films that well as far as I can tell. Yeah, he's great at doing art house indie work, which is where I feel like his sensibilities work the best. But whenever you have him direct big budget action films like "Hulk", it seems he's usually known for producing duds at the box office. No offense to him, but I just don't feel like he would've been a good fit for that movie, but again I could be dead wrong.
Here's the screen rant article for more information:
https://screenrant.com/mulan-2020-direc … filmmaker/
Now given all this information, what are your thoughts? Is Disney being hypocritically racist for not hiring a female Asian director? Or just an Asian director in general to direct the "Mulan" remake? Or do you side with me, and think this all much ado about nothing, and all that matters is what's the best fit for the movie itself? What are your thoughts?
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