Now here’s an interesting story: Tim Burton is said to be directing a new adaptation of Disney’s classic animation, Dumbo, and the film will be a mixture of both live and animated.
THR confirmed the news, stating:
In the latest move by the studio as it continues to make live-action versions of its animated classics, Disney has tapped the Big Eyes helmer to take on the tale of a baby circus elephant who is made fun of for his large ears, based on the iconic 1941 film.
As THR exclusively reported, Transformers franchise writer Ehren Kruger penned the script. The film will use a mix of CGI and live action to bring the classic elephant story to life and will add a unique family story that parallels Dumbo’s journey. Justin Springer, who worked on Tron: Legacy as well as Oblivion, is producing with Kruger.
I love Dumbo, and while Jungle Book is my favourite Disney film, Dumbo comes a close second, and I am really excited to see what Burton does with this.
The original film, which saw Dumbo picked on because of his huge ears, was quite dark in places, and I am particularly interested to see what Burton does with the haunting Pink Elephants on Parade song Dumbo experiences when he accidentally gets drunk.
It is thought this will be Burton’s next film once he completes Miss Peregrine’s Ho,e For Peculiar Children, so the state of Beetlejuice 2 is now in question. Disney are not ones for avoiding making money, and with their live adaptation of Maleficent doing strong box office business, and Cinderella expected to be huge shortly, along with the live adaptation of The Jungle Book, it is doubtful Disney will want to wait to see if Burton wants to make Beetlejuice 2 first.