The first trailer has arrived for Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo which blends a Greatest Showman style circus tale with the directorial stylings of Tim Burton. Based on a storyline written by Helen Aberson. The film stars Collin Farrell, MIchael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin.
This live-action film reworks the tale of the bullied elephant with big ears. Farrier (Farrell) is a former horse showman and war veteran who’s taking care of his two kids after his wife passed away. Their world changes after circus owner Max (DeVito who seems to have kept his costume from Big Fish) buys a pregnant elephant who gives birth to Dumbo with his giant ears.
From The Jungle Book to Beauty and the Beast to Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Aladdin project, Disney is ransacking their extensive back catalogue for any beloved cartoon that they can drag into the three-dimensional world. Next up is Dumbo, the heart-warming tale of an ostracized elephant who finds that his oversized ears allow him to reach for the skies. At D23 we learned who was behind the project, and got our first glimpse at what the production could look like. (more…)
Wait… that’s the wrong Keaton. Michael Keaton, not Buster Keaton is reported to be in talks for the Disney/Tim Burton live-action Dumbo starring Colin Farrell. Keaton is said to be up for the role of the Ringmaster, who’s all smiles for the Circus audience, but not such a great guy when it comes to the treatment of the animals in the Circus. Yes, Keaton is continuing his string of villainous roles with Dumbo. Keaton joins a cast that includes Farrell, Danny Devito, and Eva Green. (more…)
This time next week, Beauty and the Beast will be in theatres everywhere as Disney‘s latest effort to live-action-ize its entire animated catalogue. Meanwhile, pre-production is underway on the next couple of projects, one of them being Dumbo based on the 1941 hit about an elephant with large ears who learns to use his mocked appendages to fly. Now obviously Dumbo himself is going to be CG, but there’s some room for human characters, and director Tim Burton looks to fill those spots with trusted collaborators, first with the previously announced Eva Green, and now with Danny DeVito, marking his first team-up with Burton in 14 years. (more…)