Tim Burton to helm live-action "Dumbo"

Tim Burton to helm live-action "Dumbo"

Tim Burton to direct "Dumbo" remake.

11 Mar – It was previously reported that Disney will be adapting its 1941 animated film, "Dumbo", into a live-action version. The studio has now found the perfect man to helm the project and it is none other than "Big Eyes" director, Tim Burton.

Burton is attached to direct the upcoming adaptation, which will be a mixture of live action and computer generated animations, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The eccentric director will be joining "Transformers" writer, Ehren Kruger, who has reportedly finished a draft for the movie, which follows the adventure of a small elephant whose big ears give him the ability to fly. There is currently no news on the cast or the release date.

Alice and The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland".

Burton previously directed Disney's 2010 "Alice in Wonderland". The Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp-starrer made a whopping USD1.025 billion. Another recent live-action Disney hit is last year's "Maleficent", starring Angelina Jolie, which grossed USD758.4 million.

Disney is hoping to keep the momentum going by churning out more remakes and sequels. Next on the list is the live-action "Cinderella", stepping into cinemas this 12 March.

Other live-action movies also in the making are "Beauty and the Beast", starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans; "The Jungle Book", featuring the likes of Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Christian Bale; as well as the upcoming sequel that Burton is producing, "Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass".

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