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Speed director Jan de Bont goes to China with Zhang Ziyi for Mulan

09.04.2010

We haven't seen much work in the past few years from director Jan de Bont -- although if you endured SPEED 2, THE HAUNTING or TOMB RAIDER 2, you may not have minded his absence. He hasn't had much luck since then either, with the giant shark project MEG never surfacing and his John Cusack vehicular action movie STOPPING POWER fatally crashing just before filming.

Now de Bont is heading to China and hooking up with gorgeous actress Zhang Ziyi for an English-language live-action retelling of the popular legend of HUA MULAN, a tale also brought to screens in the 1998 Disney animated movie. Director Chuck Russell (ERASER, THE MASK) was previously associated with the project.

Zhang, who has been pushing the movie for years as a producer, will play the famous young heroine who joins an all-male army. (No wise-cracking dragon sidekick this time.) While I'm not crazy about her elegant beauty being suppressed for the role, it will certainly be nice to see the CROUCHING TIGER whirlwind kick some ass again.

Extra Tidbit: Zhang voiced the role of villainess Karai in the CG-animated TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.
Source: THR

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12:30PM on 09/05/2010
Didn't they just make a Mulan film not the previous year?
Didn't they just make a Mulan film not the previous year?
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10:25AM on 09/05/2010

No thanks...

I'll just stick to the Disney adaptation. It was good enough for me. If this isn't a serious biopic, I doubt it'll really be worth paying for. I'll let fate decide when I watch it...and I'm sure fate will lead me to a lazy Sunday night 5 years from now.
I'll just stick to the Disney adaptation. It was good enough for me. If this isn't a serious biopic, I doubt it'll really be worth paying for. I'll let fate decide when I watch it...and I'm sure fate will lead me to a lazy Sunday night 5 years from now.
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3:00AM on 09/05/2010
Meh, they just had a Chinese made Mulan film, although I heard it was not very good. I'll wait to see something from this, but it's de Bont, so I'm not crossing any fingers or toes.
Meh, they just had a Chinese made Mulan film, although I heard it was not very good. I'll wait to see something from this, but it's de Bont, so I'm not crossing any fingers or toes.
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4:22PM on 09/04/2010
The most beautiful woman in the world could not turn a bad director into a good one. I thought a name like Ziyi could attract better talent...
The most beautiful woman in the world could not turn a bad director into a good one. I thought a name like Ziyi could attract better talent...
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12:21PM on 09/04/2010

So this is like Prince of Persia/Troy/300?

A historical epic in an ancient nation that can magically speak English?? Well, as long as Zhang is doing it, I'm in!
A historical epic in an ancient nation that can magically speak English?? Well, as long as Zhang is doing it, I'm in!
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