Walt Disney Studios to create a live-action Dumbo
Live-action films are all the rage under Disney Studios at the moment, the latest offering was Angelina Jolie in ‘Maleficent’ but there is also a ‘Cinderella’ film in the works, and a sequel to ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ all coming from the studio in the near-future.
Now ‘Dumbo,’ the lovable big-eared elephant that, before ‘UP’, had a few of the most heart-wrenching scenes an animated film could feature, will get a live-action film of its own.
The original animated classic was released back in 1941, it was only the fourth animated film that Disney made at the time. The other three were (in order) “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia.”
This time Ehren Kruger, the writer behind “Transformers: Age of Extinction” will be writing the script. This new version will still include the circus elephant with gigantic ears, and he will most likely learn to glide through the help of his peanut-eating mouse friend and confidant.
As we mentioned before, the live-action remake isn’t anything new for Disney. “Alice in Wonderland” was the film that jump-started the craze, that film is getting a sequel aimed for 2016 at the moment. The Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” live-action adaptation is scheduled to release in March 2015, and the recently announced Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book,” and Bill Condon’s “Beauty and the Beast” are also expected to hit theater in either late 2015 or 2016.
More information on the production, the cast, and the story of the film will be released by Disney as the project moves along in production.