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Tim Burton Returning to Disney to Direct New Live-Action 'Dumbo'

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March 10, 2015
Source: WSJ

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Last summer we learned that Disney was working on a live-action retelling of another one of their classic animated films, the flying elephant tale Dumbo. Transformers franchise writer Ehren Kruger was hired to write the script and also produce the film with Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion), and now The Wall Street Journal is reporting director Tim Burton is returning to the craze he helped kick off at Disney back in 2010 with Alice in Wonderland by getting behind the camera for this new take on the circus fairytale of sorts. And considering Burton's obsession with dark circus visuals, that's a pretty perfect fit. More below!

However, the film is still early in development, and while we know it will mix live-action with computer generated effects, probably not unlike Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book in production now, there aren't any details on how this version will differ from the original. Remember, Dumbo only ran 64 minutes as a feature film, so the script will have to stretch out the story another 30 minutes at least to satisfy audiences. Surely Disney is happy to have Burton back at the studio considering how massive a success Alice in Wonderland turned out to be, but I hope it's better than Burton's recent fare. Thoughts?

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  • avconsumer2
    Whoa. CGfest for sure. Would love to see Burton's take on it though. I can see Danny Elfman salivating in the corner over there too. 😉
  • OfficialJab
    If it weren't him I would immediately put a Dumbo remake in the trash pile, but if it has some kind of distinctive style then it has a chance - and that's pretty much his shtick. His other strength however is making movies centered on characters who are outcasts to the world around them, so this is ideal in more than one way.
  • R3last
    OH FFS!!! Live action Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, now Dumbo...so instead of something new we'll just make poor live action versions of old animated movies?
    • Tuomas Lassila
      Tomorrowland, Zootopia, Moana, The Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur...those sound pretty new to me. Oh and you forgot Jungle Book and Beauty And The Beast by the way.
    • avconsumer2
      Maleficent... secret guilty pleasure. Quite enjoyed that one. (magnitudes more than expected)
  • Tuomas Lassila
    Burton just wants to go wild with the pink elephants 😀
  • TheOct8pus
    Oh yay. Dumbo: a tale about animal abuse in the circus...
  • Nielsen700
    Looking forward to his take on the "drunk sequence."
  • ari smulders
    can't believe that tim burton accepts this job! isn't there realy no other story he wants to direct? this is so bad!!!
  • DAVIDPD
    DAT CIRCUS SETUP SCENE...
    • JBroti
      I can only image what Burton will do with the dumbo getting drunk scene...
  • DJROBL
    I see it now Deep is the drunk head clown
  • Oh yeah! So excited.

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