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Disney’s Dumbo set to get live action remake

Following the success of Disney’s live action Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland, it has been announced that the House of Mouse will give the live action treatment to beloved classic Dumbo.

The Hollywood Reporter report that the film will be written by Transformers franchise scribe Ehren Kruger with Tron: Legacy and Oblivion’s Justin Springer producing alongside Kruger.

The adaptation of the 1941 classic that follows the exploits of a circus Elephant with large ears, giving him the ability to fly joins the live action slate of beloved classics that includes Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast that are currently in the works at Disney.

Dumbo is one of Disney’s shortest feature films with a runtime of 64 minutes and won an Oscar for best scoring of a musical picture and was nominated for best original song for “Baby Mine”.


West Side Story Reboot with Spielberg?

That’s right,  Steven Spielberg is considering rebooting the 1961 musical classic, West Side Story.

According to Deadline’s report, it’s very early days, the director has merely expressed an interest in the idea. But thanks to Spielberg’s mere nod towards the concept, 20th Century Fox is seriously considering it.

Based, of course, on Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story frames the tale around two rival New York gangs, the Puerto Rican Sharks and the Jets. Their boundaries are tested when Jet Tony falls for Maria, sister of Sharks leader Bernado. Lots of fighting ensues, expressed chiefly via the medium of dance and song.

Spielberg, who last directed Oscar-winning historical drama Lincoln, has a number of films in the pipeline including a planned Tintin sequel and the delayed Robopocalypse.