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

March 10, 2015
Source: WSJ

Dumbo / Tim Burton

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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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. 😉

avconsumer2 on Mar 10, 2015


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.

OfficialJab on Mar 10, 2015


OH FFS!!! Live action Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, now instead of something new we'll just make poor live action versions of old animated movies?

R3last on Mar 10, 2015


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.

Tuomas Lassila on Mar 10, 2015


Maleficent... secret guilty pleasure. Quite enjoyed that one. (magnitudes more than expected)

avconsumer2 on Mar 11, 2015


Burton just wants to go wild with the pink elephants 😀

Tuomas Lassila on Mar 10, 2015


Oh yay. Dumbo: a tale about animal abuse in the circus...

TheOct8pus on Mar 10, 2015


Looking forward to his take on the "drunk sequence."

Nielsen700 on Mar 10, 2015


can't believe that tim burton accepts this job! isn't there realy no other story he wants to direct? this is so bad!!!

ari smulders on Mar 10, 2015



DAVIDPD on Mar 11, 2015


I can only image what Burton will do with the dumbo getting drunk scene...

JBroti on Mar 11, 2015


I see it now Deep is the drunk head clown

DJROBL on Mar 11, 2015


Oh yeah! So excited.

Carpola on Mar 11, 2015

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