Disney Developing Live-Action 'Dumbo' from 'Transformers' Writer
Disney is still all about turning their classic animated stories into live-action films. Cinderella is on the way next spring, followed by The Jungle Book and a developing new take on Beauty and the Beast. And now we can toss one more onto the pile as THR has learned that the studio is developing a live-action version of the 1941 animated classic Dumbo for the big screen. In what seems like an odd pairing, the studio has hired Transformers franchise writer Ehren Kruger to write the script and also produce the film with Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion). They're not planning some crazy sci-fi version of the story are they?
Thankfully, the film will mostly stay true to the original, which some might not remember only clocks in at 64 minutes. While we'll still see the story of Dumbo, an outcast elephant with giant floppy ears separated from his mother after she was only trying to protect her son, there will also be a parallel human family story. And yes, the elephant will still end up flying, though seeing a realistic computer animated pachyderm just sounds weird. And we probably won't see Dumbo accidentally getting drunk and seeing pink elephants in his inebriated stupor alongside his circus mouse friend.
We're still not sold on the idea of this story working in a live-action form. But here's hoping this revisionist take on Dumbo has a better story to tell than this summer's Maleficent, which is a bit of a dud despite big box office success. The question is whether or not any of the classic Disney tunes from the original film will make it in, the most iconic of which might be "When I See an Elephant Fly." One thing's for sure, it probably won't be anything like Disney's Operation Dumbo Drop, which is the kind of film the studio doesn't really seem to make anymore, for better or worse. Thoughts?