Tim Burton to Direct Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ for Disney

Tim Burton Dumbo

Disney and “Alice in Wonderland” director Tim Burton are getting back in business, this time with “Dumbo.” The Oscar-nominated filmmaker is attached to direct a live-action version of the animated classic.

Ehren Kruger, who wrote the last three “Transformers” movies, recently turned in a draft. According to sources, Disney execs are very pleased with the script and wanted to quickly land an A-list director.

Justin Springer, who worked on “Tron: Legacy” as well as “Oblivion,” is producing with Kruger.

The original story followed a ridiculed baby circus elephant, who, with the help of a mouse, works to achieve his full potential. Burton’s film will be a mix of live action and animation.

Following the success of “Maleficent” and “Alice,” Disney has been busy developing several of its animated classics into live-action features. “Cinderella,” opening this Friday, is looking at a $60 million opening weekend, and the studio is also in pre-production on “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans.

Burton, repped by WME, most recently helmed “Big Eyes” for the Weinstein Co.

The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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  1. Richard Canipe says:

    I’m not interested in seeing this remake!

  2. baywolfe says:

    Hasn’t Tim already ruined enough movies with his remakes?

  3. jason says:

    Burton should have been blacklisted after ED WOOD.

  4. James Armato says:

    They will still have the black crows, but this time, they will be all hip hop and “gangsta.”

  5. justin says:

    betcha johnny depp is gonna be one of the racist a– crows

  6. brasinglesa says:

    I can’t imagine there’s anything else at the bottom of that barrel guys, stop scraping! Look inside another one, for the love of cinema!

  7. BewareMacDuff says:

    Didn’t he pretty much already do this story as “Edward Scissorhands”? : /

  8. cadavra says:

    Is it Disney’s intention to remake all of its animated classics as live-action films? Could there be no greater example of creative bankruptcy? And I say this as someone who adores Burton.

  9. sebastianmh says:

    Reblogged this on Hoskins | Dieuvil P.C. and commented:
    This should be good!


    • James Armato says:

      It kind of makes sense for them to do this, since they only release the animated classic versions from their vault for home video once every 50 years or so for only ten minutes, after which they lock them up again, never to be released again until three generations have passed! OK, a slight exaggeration, but you know what I mean.

  10. laidbackmack says:

    I’m excited to see how this turns out. I think that if anyone can pull it off it’s Tim Burton. He’s created so many fantastic worlds inhabited by living people. I’m sure it will be a great project.

  11. Yvonne says:

    So let me get this straight – Ringling Bros JUST announced that elephant acts will finally be eliminated (bc they don’t want to operate without the use of bull hooks), and all elephants will be sent to sanctuary …. while Hollywood is making a movie to revive animal slavery?

    • Gene in L.A. says:

      That’s entirely your interpretation of it. Hollywood has a strict animal treatment code and animal-protection agencies watch them like hawks. Whatever this strange idea becomes it won’t involve hurting the animals.

  12. GC says:

    Guy looks more like Nicolas Cage every day…

  13. mustcrochet says:

    NO NO NO NO NO. Alice in Wonderland was terrible. Maleficent was a terrible departure from the Sleeping Beauty story. I anxiously await Cinderella. But Dumbo? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  14. mholdzkom says:

    Hollywood must be stopped.

  15. danielle toski says:

    I don’t know how to feel about this. Huge Tim Burton fan, not so much for elephants and other should-be wild animals in movies. Plus you know Johnny Depp will be in it somehow. Or his wife, Helena Bonham Carter.

  16. It will be interesting to see the play they do on the two crows. I don’t think their Amos ‘n Andy dialects would fair so well these days.

  17. I was a bit on the fence about this. I had to remember, Tim Burton. Alice in Wonderland. Animation and live action are going to be out of this world crazy cool. I’m all for it. Just won’t watch it. :-) Personal reasons.

  18. Alexander says:

    Regardless of how one feels about Disney’s live-action remake trend, Tim Burton seems the logical choice as director. Flying elephants, a circus, creepy clowns–the potential is there for a very Burton-esque type film.

    It will be interesting to see just how much animation there will be. Burton’s 1989 “Batman” was a live-action film, but featured animation in a few key moments. Either way, I’m sure I’ll be talking about it all this Friday on the radio (WJBC.com at 4:10pm, if anybody’s interested).

  19. Joel says:

    Oh well…so much for the BEETLEJUICE sequel. (which I’d much prefer over yet another vapid Disney live-action remake which craps all over our childhood.

  20. Oscar says:

    Good idea.

  21. Disney is releasing a live action/CGI animation mashup of “The Jungle Book” with (Iron Man director) Jon Favreau directing and Bill Murray as Baloo the bear, Christopher Walken as the orangutan King Louie, Scarlett Johansson as the python Kaa, Ben Kingsley as the panther Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as the wolf Raksha and Idris Elba as the tiger Shere Khan.

  22. Cant wait to see Johnny Depp as the Elephant…..

  23. Vicky says:

    Shouldn’t he direct the remake of Something Wicked This Way Comes instead?

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