Live-Action DUMBO Remake in the Works at Disney; TRANSFORMERS 4 Writer Ehren Kruger to Tackle Adaptation

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Surprising but, at the same time, not surprising.  Disney is planning a live action take on Dumbo to be penned by Transformers: Age Of Extinction writer Ehren Kruger (to be fair, he was under some non-narrative marching orders on that one).  Oblivion producer Justin Springer will co-produce alongside Kruger.

If you’re like me and it’s been decades since you’ve seen the original Dumbo, you may not have easily recalled that this elephant can fly.  He can.  No matter, Disney is said to be confident that modern CGI can take care of such things.  I’m sure it can, but doesn’t a live action flying elephant seem like an aesthetic nightmare come to life?  Hit the jump for more on the new Dumbo remake.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the new take involves the adaptation of original movie adding a unique family story that parallels Dumbo’s story.”  Which makes sense. I sort of doubt this one will be a musical like the original, but that would (in my estimation) add to the wearily bizarre nature of this project in almost a pleasant way.  I’m already trying to imagine the facial animation a real life elephant would require (of course, there’s a chance the entire elephant is CG and the family surrounding it is real life, à la Scooby Doo last decade).

The popularity of live-action remakes is nothing new.  Tim Burton’s take on Alice In Wonderland made over a billion dollars worldwide and Disney is already knee deep on a similar spin on Cinderella, which hits theaters early next year.  I can’t really pretend to be mad or up in arms over this repurposing of IP, but I can’t pretend to be all that excited either.

More as it comes in. Where are you guys on this? Shocked? Outraged? Excited? Numb to all news of remakes?

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  • Jan

    This is fantastic news. Transformers 4 was a narrative masterpiece.

  • Les Grossman

    ‘Live-Action DUMBO Remake.’

    Please. Shoot. Me.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      BLAM.

      ::Turns the gun on self::

      Click. Click. Click.

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…It’s NOT FAIR!!!

    • Neo Racer

      No you will LOVE IT. And you will own it. And you will love the reboot when its made and you will LIKE IT!

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Just like people can’t get enough of that 101 Dalmations live-action remake. Vomit.

      • Neo Racer

        Yes the more shit they shovel, the more people eat it up!! So keep shoveling!!!

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        You are confusing shit with lasagna! Or something else delicious like a peanut butter cup.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        You are confusing shit with lasagna! Or something else delicious like a peanut butter cup.

      • Neo Racer

        Yes the more shit they shovel, the more people eat it up!! So keep shoveling!!!

  • Mike Sloan

    ah yes, Ehren Kruger, the dumbass that brought us Scream 3, the last three transformers movies, the ring, and mother fucking reindeer games.

  • straight arrow

    “Disney is planning a live action take on Dumbo to be penned by Transformers: Age Of Extinction writer Ehren Kruger”

    I think I’ve made my point…

  • Cyrus the Virus

    Are they going to include the racial stereotypical crows and Dumbo getting drunk and having hallucinations? Because those parts were messed up.

    • Guest

      Racial stereotypes are Ehren Kruger’s speciality.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Oh God, please let this be a Michael Bay/Ehren Krueger reunion. Please please please have Michael Bay direct this. It’s a flying Elephant! Only Bay can create a film with that kind of logic. Just imagine a Michael Bay Dumbo! It would shoot exploding Rockets out of its Trunk For F**ks Sake. Make this happen you guys, nail Hollywood’s creative Coffin shut. Please God let this happen.

  • Person

    How the hell do they pick writers for these things…

    • axalon

      “Hey, the last movie you wrote made a ton of money. Want to write something else?”

      • Les Grossman

        Yeah, because the scripts were the key factor in the Transformers franchise success… PLE-AAAA-ZEEE!

      • axalon

        Doesn’t matter in the slightest bit. On paper they see it as “moves that Ehren Kruger has written have made tons of money.”

        That’s all that matters in their eyes.

  • Tyler

    WHAT?

  • Neo Racer

    YES WE NEEDED THIS! THANK THE GOD OF HOLLYWOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    what a dumb(o) idea

  • appolox

    There sure is a lot of stupid in that sentence.

  • appolox

    There sure is a lot of stupid in that sentence.

  • Jimmy the Fishman

    I bet it will be something like this…

    http://youtu.be/bdILInQi6Hc

  • JC

    What the fuck is Disney doing to my childhood???

  • Grendal Sven

    Enough of this bullshit Disney, you give me my Little Mermaid live-action remake… NOW!

    And don’t skimp on the sea-shells either!

  • Louie Jonze

    This is the greatest news I have heard all year. The fantastic screenwriter who has brought us classic cinema such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, Blood and Chocolate, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and the great Scream 3. Just absolutely amazing news that we will indeed get those racists crows.

  • Daniel Rodriguez

    I like this news unlike many others. Be nice to show my daughter an updated version of a cartoon I loved as a child. Remember people this isn’t really made for you, it’s targeted towards children so relax.

  • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

    Live action DUMBO remake, eh? This news come on the heels of Melissa McCarthy’s box office failure with TAMMY. Coincidence? You tell me.

  • Strong Enough

    they should adapt some of Hayao’s works. Nausica is ripe for a big budget trilogy. Get a young strong female actress and you have a monster hit

  • Christian Grey

    TRANSFORMERS 4 had a Writer?????

  • Yurine

    This is about as good idea as the Planes sequel was.

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  • Jamie Teller

    I got nothing.

    The independents are our hope.

  • the king of comedy

    Wtf? why Dumbo? It makes much more sense to make live action adaptations of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, little Mermaid, Snow White, etc, but Dumbo is a flying elephant, it`s just going to look silly it`s not something that should be made into something more “realistic”, there aren`t even that many human characters on the story, other than the evil clowns, the circus owner and some nasty public, the characters that matter are the flying elephant, the manager mouse, the devoted elephant mom, and the gang of crows, wich means most of the movie will be filled with cgi animal characters wich is horrible.

  • the king of comedy

    Wtf? why Dumbo? It makes much more sense to make live action adaptations of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, little Mermaid, Snow White, etc, but Dumbo is a flying elephant, it`s just going to look silly it`s not something that should be made into something more “realistic”, there aren`t even that many human characters on the story, other than the evil clowns, the circus owner and some nasty public, the characters that matter are the flying elephant, the manager mouse, the devoted elephant mom, and the gang of crows, wich means most of the movie will be filled with cgi animal characters wich is horrible.

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