The live action adaptation of Mulan is moving closer to the big screen according to a report from THR. The film has a landed a director in Jan de Bont. He’s signed on to helm the feature that will star Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi as the title character in the English-language production.

It was announced a while ago that Mulan was headed to theaters (again) but we weren’t sure who would spearhead the film. It’s an independently-produced adaptation of Hua Mulan, the story of the legendary heroine/soldier who joins an all-male army. Most of us learned about the character from the Disney animated film of the same name that was released back in 1998.

Production on Mulan is expected to begin this fall outside of Shanghai. De Bont’s previous credits include Speed, Twister and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the last of which was one of the most boring “action” film’s we’ve ever seen. Hopefully, this movie will actually be entertaining and showcase the original legend of the famous warrior.

Mulan was first described in a 6th century poem that closely resembles that of Joan of Arc, another young woman who sported men’s clothes and led an army.

What do you think of the developing crew of Mulan? Are you interested in seeing the film?