Will Smith Circling Live-Action Dumbo Movie Directed by Tim Burton


Will Smith / “The Pursuit of Happyness”

He’s currently filming his next feature film titled “Bright,” reteaming with his “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer, from a script by Max Landis, which tells a futuristic tale with fantastical elements, set in a world where orcs and fairies live among humans. Netflix picked up the film late last year, paying a reported $90 million for it.

Will Smith is now said to be in talks to star in a live-action film adaptation of Dumbo for director Tim Burton.

The actor is at the top of Disney’s list to star in the film that is based on the 1941 animation about a big-eared circus elephant. Should he sign on, Smith would play a key role as the father of children who form a bond with Dumbo. Tom Hanks has also reportedly been offered a role as the film’s villain.

Burton was originally attached to the film in 2015 and now the studio is said to be fast-tracking the film towards production, with a script from Ehren Kruger.

Will Smith can currently be seen in “Collateral Beauty” which is in theaters, although not performing well critically or commercially.

As for the film he’s currently filming, “Bright” doesn’t have a release date yet, but at the moment, IMDB has it among its 2017 premieres.

Deadline was first to report the Dumbo news.


  1. Um…this is a joke, right? A live-action Dumbo?! And Smith is taking it seriously? I understand that Hollywood is deathly afraid of failure due to the ridiculous amounts of money they spend on some films and therefore resorts to these absurd remake/reboot/sequel/prequel ideas but this is sinking even lower. Slinky The Movie really isn’t far off.

  2. Will is still a hot commodity since his success in Suicide Squad! I think Will needs to do theater for 2 years to help improve his acting skills!

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