According to The Hollywood Reporter, DreamWorks announced today that they’ve recruited director Rupert Sanders for a live-action remake of the beloved Studio Ghibli film Princess Mononoke.
Sanders directed the studio’s popular 2017 live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell, starring white woman Scarlett Johansson.
“I’m thrilled to be working on this project,” Sanders said. “And I have several people in mind for the lead. Kristen Stewart, Margot Robbie, and Jennifer Lawrence are at the top of my list. I really feel that nobody can embody a story set in Japan, brought to the screen by Japanese filmmakers, and deeply informed by Japanese culture better than a white woman.”
Lumping all Asian people into one homogenous group, Sanders says he feels inspired by the popularity of a number of recent films and television shows, saying, “Look how popular Crazy Rich Asians, Fresh Off the Boat, and Kim’s Convenience have been. Asian stories are big right now. And an Asian story starring a white woman? Even better! This is gonna be a slam dunk.”
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