2:43 pm EDT, March 10, 2015

Tim Burton directing live-action ‘Dumbo’ movie for Disney

Disney nabs director Tim Burton for its live-action Dumbo movie, where they’ll attempt to make a new generation of fans believe an elephant can fly.

The Alice in Wonderland director has landed the live-action remake of Dumbo, which Disney plans on including in their nearly dozen upcoming live-action classic film adaptations.

Tim Burton is a solid choice to helm the project, as his Alice in Wonderland live-action adaptation took in over $1 billion worldwide for the studio. Walt Disney Pictures president of production Sean Bailey said that Dumbo doesn’t have a release date set yet, but it will be a combination of CGI and live-action actors.

Dumbo seems like one of the more difficult Disney films to adapt to live-action, but Tim Burton did amazing things with Alice in Wonderland, and Burton has experience with circus themes, as he included a circus scene in his Batman Returns film.

Sean Bailey said that the plan for Dumbo will be that the story takes place in a “big world,” and fans should expect to see a lot more than the single storyline of Dumbo learning to fly.

Dumbo is yet another live-action film adaptation of a Disney classic, which includes Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book.

Tim Burton can be a masterful director, and while the story is certainly one of the more difficult live-action adaptations, we’re definitely curious to see what his vision will look like with a flying elephant at the center of his film.

Source: Speakeasy

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