Disney's live-action 'Dumbo' movie may reunite Tim Burton and Michael Keaton

  • Disney's live-action 'Dumbo' movie may reunite Tim Burton and Michael Keaton

Disney's live-action 'Dumbo' movie may reunite Tim Burton and Michael Keaton

More potential Dumbo casting news this week as Variety reports that Michael Keaton is now in negotiations to join the project. Keaton would play the person who buys the circus from DeVito's character to use the flying elephant for profit.

The film would mark a reunion with Tim Burton - their first project together since 1992's "Batman Returns".

Keaton can be seen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film as The Vulture, as well as in American Assassin as Stan Hurley, which will star Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien. Presumably, that's either right after Dumbo's talents are discovered or he's the one to realise that the circus might have something and he swindles the circus away from Danny DeVito, who will play the original circus owner.

In the original animated film, Dumbo is a circus elephant who is shunned by his fellow animal troupe and exploited for his larger than average ears.

Will Smith and Tom Hanks were previously linked to the new Ehren Kruger-written remake, with some publications suggesting the latter would play the film's antagonist.

Actor Colin Farrell is also in talks to star in the movie.

Beauty and the Beast recently topped the box office with its own motion-capture lead played by Dan Stevens, so the anti-technology person in me may just be wrong (I also am a grumpy old advocate of hand-drawn animation). Given the fact that Burton's version of Disney tale is still in the early stages of pre-production, a release has yet to be announced.