Live-Action DUMBO Coming from TRANSFORMERS Writer

Disney has already lined up its next live-action movie. The Mouse House is developing animation-to-live-action project based on their classic animated film Dumbo, with Transformers: Age of Extinction screenwriter Ehren Kruger penning the script. I really hope this isn’t the elephant film that Michael Bay was referring to.

All jokes aside, the smart folks over at Disney knows where their bread is buttered: there was the recent Maleficent, which has grossed $600 million worldwide so far and Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella will hit theaters next year, while Jon Favreau is developing a live-action The Jungle Book and Bill Condon recently signed on for Beauty and the Beast.

The studio has now hired Ehren Kruger – the man who also penned the remake of The Ring, Scream 3, and Arlington Road – to write the screenplay which will incorporate a parallel story about a human family, presumably featuring a deranged child who convinces himself he can fly.

Tron: Legacy and Oblivion producer Justin Springer will produce the CGI remake of the classic 1941 animated film about a young elephant who is mocked for having big ears, until he learns to fly using his ears as wings.

Only 64 minutes long, Dumbo won Oscar for Original Music Score.

Also check out Larry T. Quach‘s illustration that explores the concept of a more realistic Dumbo: