Way back in July of last year, Disney announced that it is bringing the 1941 classic animated adventure Dumbo back to theaters with a new live-action take on the story. Today it was announced that Tim Burton will direct that movie. This is the second time Tim Burton has taken one of Disney's animated classics and given it a human-spin, following the box office success of 2010's Alice in Wonderland.
Walt Disney Pictures president of production Sean Bailey announced the director earlier this morning. Dumbo is still in development and does not yet have a release date. It is just one of a number of animated movies-turned-live action for the studio, with Cinderella in theaters this week. Disney is also currently in production on a live-action/CGI take on The Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau, which will be in theaters April of next year. This will be followed by Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, which comes out in May 2016. And Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Dan Stevens is planned for 2017.
Dumbo will use living actors set against a backdrop of computer generated effects and animals. No further details have been released. The original story follows a young circus elephant born with large ears and given the cruel nickname Dumbo. After Dumbo's ears cause an accident that injures many of the other elephants, he is made to dress like a clown and perform dangerous stunts. Everything changes when Dumbo discovers that his enormous ears actually allow him to fly, and he astounds everyone at the circus with his new talent. The movie is expected to follow a similar story with some slight changes. About the movie, Sean Bailey stated:
"It's a big world."