LOS ANGELES — From Big Eyes to big ears: Tim Burton — whose Alice in Wonderland made more than $1 billion worldwide for Disney — is attached to direct a live-action version of Dumbo, Mashable has confirmed.
There’s no release date and the project is still in development while Burton works on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which is currently shooting. Burton is also committed to Beetlejuice 2, but it’s not clear whether it or Dumbo would come first.
Sources close to the deal, first reported Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal, confirmed that Dumbo is in development with Burton attached.
Disney is on a fantasy tear, with six films lined up over the next three years that are sure to pass $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Besides Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar films, their slate includes classic animated films that the studio is shooting for live action, including Cinderella, which comes out Friday; 2016 films The Jungle Book and Alice: Through the Looking Glass; and Beauty and the Beast for 2017.
The Journal said Dumbo would take on a somewhat broader story than the animated classic tale of a circus elephant who could fly. You remember the one …
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