LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Oscar-nominated filmmaker Tim Burton is attached to direct a live-action version of the animated classic "Dumbo".
Ehren Kruger, who wrote the last three "Transformers" movies, recently turned in a draft. According to sources, Disney execs are very pleased with the script and wanted to quickly land an A-list director.
Justin Springer, who worked on "Tron: Legacy" as well as "Oblivion," is producing with Kruger.
The original story followed a ridiculed baby circus elephant, who, with the help of a mouse, works to achieve his full potential. Burton's film will be a mix of live action and animation.
Following the success of "Maleficent" and "Alice," Disney has been busy developing several of its animated classics into live-action features. "Cinderella," opening this Friday, is looking at a $60 million opening weekend, and the studio is also in pre-production on "Beauty and the Beast," starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans.
Burton, repped by WME, most recently helmed "Big Eyes" for the Weinstein Co.
The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.