Tim Burton ‘to direct’ live-action Dumbo
Tim Burton is to direct a new live-action version of the Disney film Dumbo, according to reports.
The 1941 film told the tale of a young elephant who is mocked for his large ears which he learns to use to fly.
Burton’s version will use a mix of CGI and live action, said the Hollywood Reporter.
His re-imagined Alice in Wonderland earned $1.02bn (£677m) worldwide while last year’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, made $758.4m (£503.5).
That film told the story of the villainess from the 1969 Disney animation Sleeping Beauty.
The screenplay for the new Dumbo is being written by Transformers: Dark of the Moon’s Ehren Kruger.
Fairytales have become big box office business in the past 12 months with the musical Into the Woods, staring an Oscar-nominated Meryl Streep, earning $173m (£114.9m).
Jon Favreau is directing a new version of Disney’ s The Jungle Book with the voices of Scarlett Johansson and Idris Elba. The 1967 animation was previously made into a live-action film in 1994.
Kenneth Branagh’s version of Cinderella, starring British actors Lily James and Richard Madden, is due for release later this month.
So a lot of amazing Disney films out this year and next wooo!
PETA’s View on the Remake of Dumbo:
The PETA letter, signed by senior vice president Lisa Lange, praises Burton’s “artistry” in his past use of computer-generated special effects in his films, including Alice, Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride.
“We love the original Dumbo because it tells the story of the heartbreaking abuse that elephants in circuses endure, and we hope you will keep this storyline in the new film,” the letter said.
PETA used the news last week that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will retire all its elephants from its show to press Burton on protecting any elephants who will perform in Dumbo.
Elephants don’t perform because they want to, PETA argued, but because of fear of mistreatment by such instruments as bullhooks, a sharp metal “weapon” used by elephant trainers and handlers in circuses and in film and TV productions to control the huge animals.
Mostly, though, PETA wants Burton to change the original ending.
“We’re hopeful that in your adaptation of Dumbo, the young elephant and his mother can have a truly happy ending by living out their lives at a sanctuary instead of continuing to be imprisoned and abused in the entertainment industry,” the letter concluded.
Not everyone was impressed with PETA’s position as social media had a lot of opinions, but lets see what happens and see if Tim can remake this Disney film for the better! Cause really you can’t change a classic and make it work? However Dumbo was a very strong story with some pretty brutal scenes which scared me as a child, but we do need to bring this classic into today’s world and hope it will end all this horrific animal cruelty once and for all!
Look out for my Disney’s Remake Jungle Book blog coming soon!
Source: USA Today