Live action 'Dumbo' preparing to take flight

AFP Relax News
The script for the live-action adaptation of "Dumbo" will be penned by the writer behind the last three "Transformers" movies.

The commercial success of the studio's recent live action adaptations -- from "Alice in Wonderland" to "Maleficent" -- continues to provide inspiration for new productions. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the beloved big-eared elephant will be the next classic Disney character to return to the big screen.

$1 billion in box office revenues for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" in 2010, $493 million for Sam Raimi's "Oz the Great and Powerful" in 2013 and $630 million and counting for Robert Stromberg's "Maleficent" starring Angelina Jolie: the numbers speak for themselves.

The 1941 animated feature "Dumbo" has become the latest classic Disney movie to inspire a new live action adaptation. Also in the works, as previously announced, are Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella," slated for release in 2015, Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book" and Bill Condon's "Beauty and the Beast."

A "real" baby elephant who flies using his giant ears is a sight that is likely to pique moviegoers' curiosity. Especially since Disney has tapped Ehren Kruger, the screenwriter behind the past three "Transformers" movies, to pen the script.

Watch the trailer for the original "Dumbo":