Sony has officially advanced beyond Disney in the race to make a live action reboot of Mulan by signing Game of Thrones director Alex Graves.
Alex Graves directed several episodes in season 3 and 4 of Game of Thrones, including popular episodes such as “The Mountain and the Viper” and the Season 4 finale “The Children”. He also directed episodes in successful shows such as Homeland, House of Cards, Bloodline and Shameless.
By signing Graves Sony are now officially ahead of Disney in the race to make a live action film. Disney continue to search for a director for their project, which is supposedly based on both the animated film and the literary ballad. They had originally approached Life of Pi director Ang Lee but he turned them down, later explaining in an interview with The A.V Club that he was more interested in other projects, specifically the boxing film Thrilla From Manilla which he has been working on for a significant amount of time.
While Alex Graves will be directing the Sony live action film, Jason Keller is writing the script. Keller finds himself in the strange position of once again competing with another project about the same story, having previously wrote Mirror, Mirror around the same time of Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman.
With Disney falling behind in the race to re-make Mulan it seems likely Sony will be first to release any film. Disney will need to find a director soon if they hope to compete.
Check out Alex Graves discussing directing Game of Thrones below: