Tim Burton to Direct a Live-Action 'Dumbo' for Disney

Tim Burton to Direct a Live-Action 'Dumbo' for Disney

Mar 10, 2015

This weekend Cinderella, Disney's latest live-action version of one of its own classic animated movies, is poised to hit the big screen, and already the reviews for it have been glowing, leading many to believe the Magic Kingdom has another big hit on their hands. And since one big hit begets another, Disney is following in their own footsteps with plans to make a live-action Dumbo.

And who do you hire to direct a whimsical, family-friendly story about a big-eared elephant who just wants to fly? The man who made Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, naturally.

We tease, of course. Tim Burton has a long history with Disney (he was an animator for them right out of school) and once his Alice in Wonderland brought in over $1 billion for the studio, it kind of kickstarted this whole animation-to-live-action path that Disney is happily embracing with Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and now Dumbo

We don't know much else about the project right now, only that it's slid in to Disney's production pipeline and that it will apparently be about more than just Dumbo's story, as seen in the original movie. But since Beauty and the Beast, which recently cast Dan Stevens as the beast, isn't set to hit theaters until 2017, don't expect Burton's Dumbo until at least 2018, if not later.





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Tags: Tim Burton, Dumbo
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