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Will Smith circles Disney’s Live-Action Tim Burton “Dumbo”

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Will Smith is in early negotiations to join Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Dumbo” to be directed by Tim Burton.

Reported by Deadline, sources have asserted that a deal with Smith is far from anything unequivocal. Nonetheless, talks have begun with Smith’s camp as Disney aims to kickstart the film’s production in the foreseeable future. Smith is being touted for the role of the father of the children who develop a relationship with the titular elephant after an encounter at the circus.

Reports have also disclosed that Tom Hanks has been pursued and offered the role of the film’s central villain. However, with the likelihood of Hanks starring in an upcoming World War II film entitled “Greyhound” may discard the chance of Hanks joining the project.

The project, however, will move ahead with Tim Burton being attached to direct as far back as 2015. With a script penned by Ehren Kruger (“The Ring”, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”).

Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Dumbo” continues the clear emphasis by Disney to explore the richness of their animated pantheon to the live-action medium. After the original strategy of re-envisioning these fables as dark and gritty through “Alice In Wonderland” and “Maleficent” were financial successful but had a mixed critically reception. The structure was altered with a focus on conveying the seminal narrative of these films the peripheral focus. Delivering the delightful “Cinderella”, “The Jungle Book” and “Pete’s Dragon”. With the upcoming “Beauty and the Beast” arguably their most anticipated project slated in March.

For Will Smith’s inclusion in “Dumbo”, like Hanks, will come down to a matter of scheduling. For if Smith were to join “Dumbo”, it would cause significant issues for the production of the upcoming “Bad Boys For Life”. With the possibility of both films in production concurrently, the start day for the latter project could be altered or possibly discontinued.

All and all, the ideal of these two actors joining a project as fascinatingly bizarre as Tim Burton’s rendition of “Dumbo” is surely appealing. Highlighting what would be another interesting career move for Smith after a string of tonally different projects varying from “Suicide Squad” to “Collateral Beauty”. But as more news continues to unfold, we’ll ultimately see if Deadshot becomes a part of the Mouse House.

Will Smith can next be seen in the Netflix fantasy “Bright” starring Joel Edgerton from a script by Max Landis and directed by David Ayer. Tom Hanks can be seen soon starring with Emma Watson in James Pondsoldt’s adaptation of “The Circle”. While, Tim Burton’s latest “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” is now available at all leading retailers.

Connor is quintessentially a film critic. He loves all spectrums of cinema, varying from genre pieces to the arthouse scene, he has even seen the masterpiece Tommy Wiseau's "The Room". Connor aspires to be a film critic, due to an underlying love and admiration for the medium. When it comes to content, you can expect a plethora of reviews, editorials and list features among other aspects he will convey to illuminate on Resident Entertainment. He lists his key influences as Alfred Hitchcock, Joaquin Phoenix, Nicolas Cage, Charlie Kaufman, Amy Adams, Todd Field, Tim Burton, Jack Nicholson & David Fincher. You can find more from Connor on Youtube right here.

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