The iconic Disney animated classic, Dumbo, is slated to become a live-action remake, thanks to director Tim Burton and Disney. The original animated movie, about an elephant who could fly, was released on October 23, 1941, and it has become one of Disney’s most beloved films over the decades since then.
The live-action remake of Dumbo is still in its developmental stages, but Tim Burton will reportedly be using live actors along with CGI and other computer effects to convince audiences of today that an elephant can fly. Disney execs and stockholders hope that Tim Burton’s version of Dumbo will be as successful as his live-action take on Alice in Wonderland from 2010, which starred actor Johnny Depp and which grossed over $1 billion.
Big Eyes director, Tim Burton, often has a twisted and dark take incorporated into the films he makes. It will be interesting if Burton creates a darker version of Dumbo, or if he tries to stay closer to the original film, and create a sometimes sad but often humorous movie that the whole family can enjoy. There is, potentially, plenty of dark elements to the tale that Burton could focus on, like Dumbo’s being made fun of because he has large ears.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Tim Burton live-action remake of Dumbo will have a screenplay by Ehren Kruger, who also wrote the screenplays for the Transformers franchise and The Ring. Also, the movie reportedly will incorporate an original family subplot. The Dumbo remake will be co-produced by Kruger and Justin Springer, who also produced Tron: Legacy and Oblivion.
Disney is intent on remaking several of the company’s other classic movies besides Dumbo and making them into live-action reboots of the original films. For example, the live-action remake of Cinderella will hit theaters next week, on Friday, March 13. It stars actresses Lily James as Cinderella and Cate Blanchett as Cinderella’s evil stepmother.
Also, in 2016, Disney will release two other live-action movies, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass and The Jungle Book. Disney’s live-action movie, Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, grossed more than $758.4 million worldwide.
Besides directing Dumbo, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes is still showing in some theaters, and he also is directing the film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. That much-anticipated movie from 20th Century Fox, starring Asa Butterfield and Eva Green and based on the novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs, is scheduled to hit theaters on March 4, 2016.
Disney has enjoyed great success with turning the company’s classic animated films into live-action versions so far, and director Tim Burton has helped pave the way with his twisted but cool version of Alice in Wonderland. He also directed The Nightmare Before Christmas and the short film Frankenweenie for the company that Mickey Mouse helped build. It is little wonder that Disney chose Burton to direct the live-action version of another of the company’s classic animated features, Dumbo.
Thanks to Disney and Tim Burton, audiences will be treated to a live-action remake of Dumbo. Will audiences believe that an elephant can fly? Will Dumbo be as successful as Disney’s other live-action movies? Only time will tell, but director Tim Burton definitely has a proven track record. If the movie is one that the entire family can enjoy, like the original, Burton’s take on Dumbo could, potentially, be another live-action blockbuster for Disney.
Written By Douglas Cobb