Tim Burton and Disney's Dumbo Starts Production

07/15/2017

“Production is underway for the live-action reimagining of Disney's 1941 animated classic Dumbo.”

 

Now the live-action version of the Disney classic Dumbo has just started filming, according to the studio. To celebrate, Disney released a photo on Saturday of superstar director Tim Burton on set.

Directed by visionary filmmaker Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), the film stars Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell (In Bruges, The Lobster), Golden Globe winner Michael Keaton (Birdman, Beetlejuice), Emmy and Golden Globe winner Danny DeVito (Batman Returns, Big Fish), BAFTA Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Eva Green (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Dark Shadows), and introduces Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins in their first film roles. The cast also includes Roshan Seth, DeObia Oparei, Sharon Rooney and Douglas Reith.

The story begins with Holt Farrier (Farrell), a former circus star who finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. Circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughing stock in an already struggling circus.

Walt Disney's classic animated tale Dumbo, which opened Oct. 23, 1941, won an Oscar for best scoring of a musical picture and was nominated for best original song for "Baby Mine." The creative team includes cinematographer Ben Davis, BSC (Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy), Oscar winning production designer Rick Heinrichs (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Dark Shadows), four-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), editor Chris Lebenzon, ACE (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent) and BAFTA Award-winning make-up designer Paul Gooch (Alice in Wonderland, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children).

Dumbo is one of the new projects to join Disney’s latest wave of animated-to-live-action films. Fans have already seen versions for Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty (as Maleficent), The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and Alice in Wonderland. Mulan and The Lion King are also coming in the years ahead. Dumbo is slated for release on March 29th 2019.