Tim Burton Set to Direct Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ for Disney


Tim Burton to direct live action Dumbo
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We saw the tremendous box office success of Maleficent last year, Cinderella arrives this Friday and Beauty and the Beast is expected in 2016 starring Emma Watson. Suffice to saw, Disney is all aboard the idea of turning their animated classics into live-action blockbusters and next up looks to be Dumbo. The Wall Street Journal is reporting Disney has set Tim Burton to direct a live-action version of the story in which a young circus elephant with oversized ears is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

As of now there is no screenplay or release date as the project is still in the early stage of development, though it is said the film is expected to be a mixture of computer generated effects and live actors.

Tim Burton began the live action craze at Disney with the billion dollar blockbuster hit Alice in Wonderland, which itself will see a sequel next year titled Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, not to mention next year will see the release of Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book.

Burton was also previously attached to a live action version of Pinocchio at Warner Bros. with Robert Downey Jr., but that project never came together.