No really, we’re not joking. Tim Burton is set to direct the movie.

Disney and Alice In Wonderland director Tim Burton are getting back in business, this time with Dumbo. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker is attached to direct a live-action version of the animated classic.

Ehren Kruger, who wrote the last three Transformers movies, recently turned in a draft. According to sources, Disney executives are very pleased with the script and wanted to quickly land an A-list director.

Justin Springer, who worked on Tron: Legacy as well as Oblivion, is producing with Kruger.

The original story followed a ridiculed baby circus elephant, who, with the help of a mouse, works to achieve his full potential. Burton’s film will be a mix of live action and animation.

Awww… (Real elephants photo: AFP)

Following the success of Maleficent and Alice, Disney has been busy developing several of its animated classics into live-action features. Cinderella, opening this week, is looking at a US$60mil (RM210mil) opening weekend, and the studio is also in pre-production on Beauty And The Beast, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans.

Burton, repped by WME, most recently helmed Big Eyes for the Weinstein Co. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. — Reuters