At this point, it is safe to say that Disney is going to make a live-action remake of every last animated film in their library. They’re even going forth with a live-action “Dumbo” picture, which made waves back in 2015 when it was announced that Tim Burton (of “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” fame) was set to direct.
But a big-name director wasn’t all Disney had in mind for this unwanted reboot. No, they had to go out and get some of Hollywood’s A-listers, because how else do you make a successful movie?
So far, Will Smith and Tom Hanks have both been in talks with the House of Mouse to appear in the film. Now, before you get your hopes us, neither one is going to play the elephant or his talking mouse friend. Smith will reportedly play a father whose children bond with Dumbo. And Hanks is poised to play the villain of the picture. That said, this is only in talks, and still may not happen.
Dumbo himself will likely be created using CGI, although given Burton’s influence, one might wonder if the idea of stop-motion has been toyed around with. Using a real baby elephant might not be the best choice, since they do not actually fly. Hopefully, they keep him mute.