by Justin Cook
Director Tim Burton will helm Disney’s upcoming live-action re-imagining of Dumbo.
The project, which does not have an official release date yet, will be one in the same vein as some of the studio’s other recent live-action films, such as Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent.
In the future, Disney will be releasing other live-action remakes of classic animated films, including this week’s Cinderella, next year’s The Jungle Book and 2017’s Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.
It’s not surprising that Disney was interested in working with Burton on Dumbo, as the director helmed Alice in Wonderland back in 2010, and the film became a major success. Despite mixed reviews from critics, Wonderland grossed over $1 billion on a $200 million budget. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter starred in the film as the Mad Hater and the Red Queen, along with Mia Wasikowska, who played the title character.
A report from The Hollywood Reporter revealed that The Ring and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen screenwriter Ehren Kruger penned the film’s script. Kruger is also set to produce the project with Tron: Legacy and Oblivion producer Justin Springer.
In the same report, THR adds that the film will “add a unique family story that parallels Dumbo’s story.” Dumbo is also expected to be a mixture of CGI and live actors. On top of that, it looks like the film will expand on the world 1941’s Dumbo created.
In 2014, Burton directed Big Eyes, which starred Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. Although the film was not a major box office hit, it did garner generally positive reviews from critics, something that many of the director’s recent films have failed to receive.
Over the course of his career, Burton has helmed such classic films as Batman, Batman Returns, Beetlejuice, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood and Big Fish.