Tim Burton to direct Disney’s live-action Dumbo movie
It’s a bit of a conceptual head-scratcher but it has loads of promise – Alice in Wonderland director Tim Burton has signed on to helm a live-action version of Disney’s classic animated movie, Dumbo.
Given the director’s kaleidoscopic portfolio of films including Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Corpse Bride and, more recently Big Eyes and the before-mentioned Alice in Wonderland – which grossed a tidy U.S. $1.02 billion - he seems uniquely qualified to tackle the beloved story of a baby circus elephant ridiculed for his large ears.
The film is based on the iconic 1941 film and, as the Hollywood Reporter notes, is the latest move by the studio as it continues to make live-action versions of its animated classics. Transformers franchise writer Ehren Kruger penned the script, which will call for a mix of CGI and live action.
Disney's latest live-action makeover, Cinderella, starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, opens this weekend and hmv.com will have a sneak peek of the film tomorrow (March 12th) following an advance screening.