Dumbo is an upcoming American live-action film distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It will be a live action retelling of 1941 animated movie of the same name, which in turn was based on the book by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl.

It will be written and produced by Ehren Kruger. Justin Springer will also produce the film, while Tim Burton will direct it.


"The story follows Holt Farrier, a former circus star and war veteran, who has been enlisted by circus owner Max Medici to care for a newborn elephant with oversized ears. The baby elephant's ears are a laughingstock and embarrassment to the already struggling circus. That is, until Holt's children discover that Dumbo can fly! Aerial artist Colette Marchant and entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere then swoop in to make Dumbo, the flying elephant, a star."[3]




The film was announced in July 8, 2014, along with other announcements of other live action remakes of Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Cinderella, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast. Ehren Kruger was announced as the screenwriter of the film, while Justin Springer was confirmed as the film's producer. Tim Burton was announced as the film's director in March 2015.[5][6]

In March 2017, it was reported that Eva Green was in talks to play a trapeze artist.[7] Shortly after this report, Danny DeVito was cast as a ringleader named Medici.[8] A few weeks later, Colin Farrell had entered negotiations to play the role of Holt, a father of two children who befriend Dumbo.[9] Will Smith was originally offered for the role, but turned it down due to "scheduling conflicts" on other projects and would later sign on for the live action remake of Aladdin, taking the role of Genie, instead. Chris Pine and Casey Affleck were also considered for the same role.[10][11] On April 4, 2017, Michael Keaton entered talks to star as the villain.[12] On June 26, 2017, Keaton officially confirmed his involvement with the film.[13] Before Keaton was cast as V. A. Vandemere, Tom Hanks was originally considered for the role.[10]

Principal filming of Dumbo began in July 2017 in the United Kingdom. Filming ended in November 2017.[14][15][16]







  1. Ford, Rebecca (March 10, 2015). "Tim Burton to Direct Live-Action 'Dumbo' for Disney", The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on April 14, 2017. 
  2. "Danny Elfman to Score Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’" (October 4, 2017). Retrieved on October 4, 2017. 
  5. Ford, Rebecca (March 10, 2015). "Tim Burton to Direct Live-Action 'Dumbo' for Disney", The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on March 23, 2015. 
  6. Kits, Borys (July 8, 2014). "Live-Action 'Dumbo' in the Works From 'Transformers' Writer", The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on March 23, 2014. 
  7. Kit, Borys (March 7, 2017). "Eva Green in Talks to Star in Tim Burton's Live-Action 'Dumbo'". Hollywood Reporter
  8. Busch, Anita (March 9, 2017). "Danny DeVito Negotiating To Join Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ At Disney". Deadline
  9. "Colin Farrell In Negotiations For ‘Dumbo’ At Disney". Deadline (April 14, 2017)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Kroll, Justin (January 11, 2017). "Will Smith Circling Tim Burton’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Adaptation", Variety. Retrieved on June 17, 2017. 
  11. Fleming Jr, Mike (February 10, 2017). "'Dumbo’ A No-Go For Will Smith", Deadline. Retrieved on June 17, 2017. 
  12. "Michael Keaton in Talks to Play Villain in Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved on 14 April 2017.
  13. "Michael Keaton confirmed as the villain for Disney’s live-action remake, “Dumbo”". Inside the Magic. Retrieved on 26 June 2017.
  14. "Will 'Avengers,' 'Frozen 2' and 'Star Wars' Dazzle at D23?", The Hollywood Reporter (July 13, 2017). Retrieved on July 13, 2017. 
  15. Gatt, Joesph (November 4, 2017). "And that’s a picture wrap for #NeilsSkellig in @DisneyStudios #Dumbo ! It’s been an amazing adventure w/incredible people! #teamskellig". Twitter Retrieved on April 2, 2018.
  16. Oparei, DeObia (November 10, 2017). "That’s a wrap on #DUMBO homeward bound after a fabulous summer shooting for #Disney in #London with #timburton". Twitter Retrieved on April 2, 2018.

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