Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tim Burton to direct Disney's live-action 'Dumbo' film

After all of the news relating to Disney's Beauty and the Beast last week, word is beginning to get out on a new Disney project: Dumbo. The animated classic about the flying elephant with big ears is beloved in many circles and has pretty much remained untouched for the last seventy years. However, with Disney's new trend of taking their animated flicks and turning them into big-budget live-action films, it was only a matter of time before Dumbo became a new blockbuster project. Tim Burton turned Alice in Wonderland into a billion dollar hit during the 2010 3-D boom, and it looks like he'll be doing it again for Dumbo.

According to The Wall Street Journal (via Rope of Silicon), Tim Burton will be taking the directorial reigns on Disney's Dumbo. There's no word on the screenplay or the actors involved, so it's unlikely that we'll see this film until 2017 or 2018. Burton is a talented and visionary director, but I'm definitely worried about his latest dip into the blockbuster world. Alice in Wonderland might have been a big hit, but it holds up terribly on rewatch. Dark Shadows was also a massive misfire, both critically and financially. Big Eyes was a huge step forward for Burton last year, so I hope that he can bring that kind of dramatic gravitas to Dumbo. But to be honest, I sincerely doubt that's going to happen. With Burton at the helm, my confidence level is low in this new project.

Source: The Wall Street Journal via Rope of Silicon
Image Credits: Movie Pilot, Disney Wikia

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