Tim Burton will direct Disney’s live-action Dumbo. 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 for his large ears, based on the 1941 iconic film.
As THR had previously reported, Transformers franchise writer Ehren Kruger penned the script. The film will be a mix of CG 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.
Disney’s latest live-action makeover Cinderella, starring Lily James, opens this weekend. The studio has had strong success with its live-action versions, including Burton’s reimagined Alice in Wonderland, which grossed a staggering $1.02 billion.
Burton, who is currently working on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, is repped by WME.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the news of Burton’s attachment.