Tim Burton's live action Dumbo movie to shoot in the UK

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Burton… will film Dumbo in the UK – Credits: Disney/AP

Tim Burton will be making his live-action remake of Disney’s ‘Dumbo’ in the UK, according to reports.

The ‘Batman’ director is helming the latest in a wealth of re-booted, ‘live-action’ versions of Disney movies that are in the pipeline.

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How he will approach it is not yet known, but it’s perhaps likely that something akin to the use of photo-realistic animal CGI as seen in the recent ‘Jungle Book’ could be the way things are going.

With Burton’s added flourishes of darkness, of course.

The original Disney classic was first released in 1941, telling the story of the titular elephant with the oversized ears who was initially ridiculed by fellow circus elephants, but later discovers his ears allow him to fly.

Burton has filmed numerous projects in the UK, his most recent ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ shooting in Cornwall and Blackpool.

No word yet on casting, but pre-production in progress, we should hear some news soon.

Among the wealth of other live-action Disney remakes in the offing are ‘Beauty and the Beast’ with Emma Watson, out next year (see the trailer below), ‘The Sword in the Stone’, ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Mulan’ and ‘Cruella’, with Emma Stone playing Cruella de Vil.