Disney Is Planning a Live Action 'Dumbo' Movie

Posted 8:19 PM July 8th, 2014 by Binh Ngo

Disney is slowly, but surely, remaking all their animated classics into live action features, and the latest to get such a treatment is Dumbo. And why not, since the studio's other live-action remakes are so well-received.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has set Ehren Kruger, the writer responsible for several Transformers movies, including the latest one, on the screenplay for the live-action remake of the 1941 movie. He is also producing.

In the 1941 original, Dumbo is an elephant who is born into a circus, but because of his large, flappy ears, he is teased and ridiculed by the other animals. With the help of a mouse and a flock of crows, he is able to find literally his wings.

Kruger is an interesting choice because none of his previous works were aimed at the family audience, which is what Dumbo is targeting. With Transformers: Age of Extinction breaking records overseas, maybe Disney wants Kruger to sprinkle some of that pixie dust on the new movie.

Dumbo and all the other animals will of course be CGI, but since this is live action, humans will need a bigger role. To do that, the new movie will add "a unique family story that parallels Dumbo's story," which may mean Dumbo will find a kindred spirit in a little boy or girl who's going through same thing as him.

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