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

     July 8, 2014

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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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