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Tim Burton to direct live-action version of Disney classic Dumbo

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Continuing the trend of rebooting Disney movies as live action – Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella is imminent and Dan Stevens is set to star in Beauty and the Beast – Tim Burton is now attached to helm a new version of Dumbo.

The 1941 classic is of course one of Disney's most beloved movies, charting the adventures of the floppy-eared elephant who discovers he can fly. The announcement of the new movie came in the Wall Street Journal, where Disney President of Production Sean Bailey revealed that the movie will be a mix of CGI effects and live performance.

Burton is of course the man behind classics like Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood, and he recently directed Amy Adams to a Golden Globe-winning performance in biographical drama Big Eyes. He's also got past form with Disney – Burton's 2010 take on Alice in Wonderland grossed in excess of $1 billion worldwide, so it's little wonder he's being tapped.

Given Burton's affinity for quirky, offbeat fairy tales, fingers crossed we'll get a fresh new take on this much-loved story.