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Tim Burton to Direct Disney's Live-Action 'Dumbo'

Tim Burton, who directed Disney's 2010 hit "Alice in Wonderland," will return for a live-action remake of "Dumbo."

Like the studio's recent "Maleficent" and "Cinderella," this too will blend live actors and computer-generated effects, The Wall Street Journal reports. Disney also has similar approaches to "The Jungle Book," "Pete's Dragon" and "Beauty and the Beast" in the works, not to mention the sequel to Burton's "Wonderland," "Through the Looking Glass."

Released in 1941, Disney's animated "Dumbo" tells the story of a young circus elephant ridiculed for his big ears, which he discovers he can use as wings.

Few details are known about Burton's version, as it's in the early stages of development.

The director's "Alice in Wonderland" grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, and is credited with igniting the studio's current approach to revisiting its animated catalog for live-action features (referred to by the newspaper as its "live-action fairy tale strategy").

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