Against a wealth of evidence to the contrary, we still believe that Hollywood’s Spooky Kid in Chief, Tim Burton, has at least one good movie left in him. Could this be the one? Let’s go to the official synopsis:
“From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure Dumbo expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight.
“Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland.
“Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.”
Directed by Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger (Ophelia, Dream House), and produced by Justin Springer (TRON: Legacy), Kruger, Katterli Frauenfelder (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Big Eyes) and Derek Frey (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Frankenweenie).
So, some things to note:
- Disney’s live action remake program is well and truly here to stay.
- The animals don’t talk in this one, which at least torpedoes the very real risk that Johnny Depp was gonna turn up as one of the racist crow caricatures.
- Batman and the Penguin are in this thing.
- We sent our man in London along to the set for Dumbo, so hang tight for that report in the week or so before theatrical release.
…which is (drum roll) March 2019.