Walt Disney Pictures has chosen its latest classic animated movie to update with a live action retelling. Transformers writer Ehren Kruger has been hired to pen a fresh take on Dumbo for the studio, with Justin Springer producing.
Ehren Kruger is co-producing the movie, with a story that revolves around a lovable elephant who is constantly teased for his big ears. After his mother gets locked up for protecting him against bullies, Dumbo hits the road with his mouse pal, and eventually learns that he can soar high in the sky, flying with the help of a magical feather. The original classic was released October 23, 1941.
Disney has already found enormous success turning their animated classics into live-action adventures, with Alice in Wonderland pulling in over $1 billion worldwide, and this summer's Maleficent already well on its way to that billion dollar milestone with $631 million globally since its May 30 release date. Disney also has Cinderella coming in May of 2015, The Jungle Book coming later that same year and Beauty and the Beast in pre-production. A live-action retelling of The Little Mermaid is also in the works.
Dumbo will be aimed at young children and their parents, and will not take on the darker tone seen in Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent. Its suspected that Dumbo himself will be a mix of live elephant and CG animated pachyderm. No release date has been announced yet, but it's suspected that the movie is gearing up for a 2016 debut.