Tim Burton's Dumbo starring Colin Farrell, Eva Green to release in March 2019, confirms Disney
Continuing its successful string of live-action films on its animated classics, Disney is all set to start working on an adaptation on 1941 classic Dumbo. The project will be helmed by Tim Burton who has previously collaborated with the animation giant for his 2012 film Frankenweenie.
The story of Dumbo revolves around the story of a baby circus elephant (of the same name) with huge ears. It is always ridiculed for his ears and is often made butt of jokes and humiliation. Its only true friend is a mouse, Timothy who stands by Dumbo through thick and thin. Dumbo is in fact a 'dark horse' in true sense because the very pair of ears which gets it ridiculed gives Dumbo magical powers to fly. Yeah, Dumbo is the fantasy flying elephant! The 1941 animated Disney classic won an Academy Award for best musical score and was also nominated for best original song for 'Baby Mine.'
In the recent D23 Expo, Disney unveiled the release date of Tim Burton's Dumbo adaptation along with its revelations about the other live-action films like Aladdin (Actors Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott have been cast in lead roles for Guy Ritchie's film) along with other announcements related to the studio's upcoming projects - The Lion King, Star Wars, Mary Poppins Returns, A Wrinkle in Time and Avengers: Infinity War.
In the expo, the first look of Burton's Dumbo elephant was revealed in form of a life-sized model which was wheeled onto stage during the conference, reports Independent.
Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Danny DeVito, and Michael Keaton have been cast for the film, reports Variety. Roshan Seth, DeObia Oparei, Sharon Rooney, and Douglas Reith also star. Joining them will be newcomers Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins who will debut with this film. Actor, Will Smith was also supposed to be a part of the film, but had to walk away due to other commitments.
Burton's Dumbo adaptation is being written by Ehren Kruger, who has also written some of the Transformers movies. The film is scheduled to be shot entirely in England as is slated to release on 29 March 2019.