Alan Arkin dumbo

Tim Burton is currently shooting another live-action remake for Disney: Dumbo. Production began almost a month ago with Colin FarrellEva Green, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton confirmed to star, and now Academy Award winner Alan Arkin (Argo, Litle Miss Sunshine) has joined the impressive cast.

Below, learn more about the Alan Arkin joining the Dumbo cast.

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nightmare before christmas sequel

What’s this? There are sequels everywhere, and now Tim Burton’s Gothic stop-motion animated classic The Nightmare Before Christmas is getting one too.

Only it’s not a sequel meant for the cinemas. The Nightmare Before Christmas sequel is coming in the form of a comic book, nearly 25 years after the original first waltzed into theaters.

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Dumbo

Disney has found a formula for success with live-action remakes of their beloved animated movies and the upcoming remake of Dumbo looks to continue to trend. Director Tim Burton, who started this whole trend in the first place with Alice in Wonderland, is retelling the story of the iconic flying elephant in live-action and we got a first look at the movie from the D23 Expo.

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planet of the apes remake 2

War for the Planet of the Apes has already received rave reviews, with many critics calling it the last great chapter in one of the best film trilogies of modern times. With so much goodwill, it almost makes fans forget about the dark point in history when it seemed like the Apes franchise was dead.

Tim Burton’s 2001 Planet of the Apes reboot effectively killed the franchise for several years. The effect of the film was such that many though Rise of the Planet of the Apes would be a huge flop as it was being made. It was unclear if the audience appetite for talking apes had recovered since 2001. Thankfully, the gamble that was Rise worked.

But why did Burton’s Apes fall so hard? It had everything going for it on paper. What made it fail so spectacularly? The simple answer is that it tried to outsmart the original Apes film franchise. It seemed to assume that just because the original franchise was old, it was outdated and needed a completely new revision to make it “fresh” and “relatable.” However, there was nothing relatable about ape characters the audience could have cared less about, and human characters who were more annoying than sympathetic.

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michael keaton may play dumbo villain

You either win an Oscar for playing a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself play the villain.

That seems to be Michael Keaton‘s career trajectory at least, potentially following up his villainous turn as Vulture in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming with a role as the villain in Tim Burton‘s live-action remake of Disney’s Dumbo.

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Colin Farrell Joining Dumbo

Before Beauty and the Beast topped the box office with a record-breaking debut this month, Disney was already all-in on their roster of live-action adaptations of their animated classics (check out our rundown of all of the developing projects here). While Mulan is too early in development to know whether it’s a musical and Aladdin is searching for young stars to play the two leads, the remake of Dumbo is finalizing its cast with production slated to begin sooner than later this year.

Tim Burton is directing the Dumbo remake, and he’s already brought on board two of his previous collaborators with Danny DeVito and Eva Green on board. Now the cast will include someone the Batman and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children director hasn’t worked with before as Colin Farrell is in talks to take one of the lead roles.

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Danny DeVito Dumbo

Tim Burton may reunite with his Batman Returns star, Danny DeVito, for Disney’s live-action Dumbo. DeVito is currently in negotiations to join the film, and Burton regular Eva Green (Penny Dreadful) is close to signing up as well. The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star might play Medici, the owner of a small circus.

Below, learn more about the potential Danny DeVito Dumbo role.

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Eva Green to Star in Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’

eva green dumbo casting

Will Smith recently passed on DumboTim Burton‘s film, which keeps moving closer to production, still doesn’t have any actors attached. While we wait to learn whether Tom Hanks will play the live-action remake’s villain, it’s being reported that Eva Green (Penny Dreadful) is now in talks for one of the lead roles.

Below, learn more about the Eva Green Dumbo casting.

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Dumbo live-action remake

UPDATE 2/10/17: Deadline reports Smith has decided not to join Dumbo after all. Original story follows.

A couple of years ago, it was announced that Tim Burton was developing a live-action Dumbo for Walt Disney Pictures. We had not heard anything about the project since that announcement and assumed it had fallen into development heck, but it is apparently still chugging along like the Casey Junior Circus train. And who is circling the project to star? Will Smith.

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Tom Hanks Dumbo

For two years now Tim Burton has been attached to Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo. As the project stayed in development, we rarely heard news about it, but this week is providing plenty of signs of life for the film. Yesterday it was reported Will Smith is considering a starring role in Burton’s film, and today brings us the surprising news that Tom Hanks is circling the role of the villain — a part we don’t see him in often.

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