Disney Developing Live Action ‘Dumbo’ Movie

Disney Dumbo

Disney is developing a live action “Dumbo,” based on the animated classic of 1941.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” scribe Ehren Kruger is writing the script that will build a family tale around the circus elephant who is ridiculed for his enormous ears and learns to fly through the help of his only true friend, a mouse.

The toon was Disney’s fourth animated film after “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia.” It’s also one of Disney’s shortest animated film at 64 minutes.

“Dumbo” becomes the latest animated film that Disney is looking to bring to the big screen in live action form, after scoring with “Alice in Wonderland.” “Maleficent” is a spinoff of “Sleeping Beauty.”

Disney releases Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” in March, while Jon Favreau is helming “The Jungle Book” and Bill Condon has “Beauty and the Beast” in the works.

Kruger, who co-wrote the previous two “Transformers” films with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, will produce “Dumbo” with Justin Springer (“Tron: Legacy,” “Oblivion”).

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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  1. dumbo the elephant says:

    I hope dumbo would be c.g.i. just like godzilla.

  2. Hannah Rathke says:

    Black Nerd on You Tube alredy replied to them making this movie.

  3. ….somehow this reminds me of Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son……..

    whatever happened to creativity at Disney ?

  4. Nohemi Delcampo says:

    So I am sure that this movie will require the use of REAL elephants…shame on you Disney and everyone involved with this movie.

  5. Mark says:

    I hear Disney has an animated musical comedy version of “Sophie’s Choice” in the works, too.

  6. Ken says:

    Once again, Disney plunders and pillages its own “vault” to squeeze out every last $$$ from perfectly fine (and in some cases extraordinary) product that has enchanted kids and families for generations. Not every toddler or youngster needs CGI crammed into them. DUMBO is (and always will be) practically perfect in every way!

    • Tracy says:

      Then don’t watch. I’ll never understand these “complaints.” The movie has been re released a bunch of times so it’s not like they will go into your house and burn all the copies.

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