Earlier today I spoke to Niki Caro, the amazingly talented director of "Whale Rider," "McFarland, USA," and the upcoming, incredibly moving "The Zookeeper's Wife" (we'll have more on that in a bit), and at the end of the conversation I brought up her upcoming remake of Disney's animated classic "Mulan." And she gave us exclusive details about her live-action version of the movie and why you should very much look forward to the movie.

Moviefone: So I was talking to Sean Bailey and he was telling me about your approach to "Mulan." It sounds great!

Niki Caro: What did he say?

He said that it's going to be very muscular and a Ridley Scott approach. But I wanted to hear from you what your approach is going to be.

Well I'm not going to contradict Sean. His sensibility and mine for the material is right in sync. It's a big, girly martial arts epic. It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving.

That sounds awesome.


But from what I understand, no songs?

Yes, from what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children.

I've heard that the deleted scene where the Huns sneak in via a Chinese dragon is going to be in this movie. Is that true?

I could not possibly comment upon that.

So there you have it: "I'll Make a Man Out of You" is out, but all sorts of thrilling awesomeness is in.

Caro's "The Zookeeper's Wife" is in theaters on March 31st.