One of the many live-action adaptations of their animated classic that Disney has is the works is Dumbo, which Tim Burton is planning to direct. (And those who aren’t keen on these live-action versions have Burton to blame, as it was the success of his Alice In Wonderland that kicked it all off).
The film is now forward with Variety reporting that Will Smith is circling the movie, while Tom Hanks has been offered a role too. If he signs on Smith, ‘would play the father of the children who develop a friendship with the lovable elephant after seeing him at the circus. Insiders also indicate that Tom Hanks has been offered a role as the villain.’
However, there are major obstacles to them signing on, as Disney wants to shoot this year, so Smith’s involvement would likely need to be scheduled around Bad Boys 3. Hanks meanwhile is weighing up whether to do Dumbo or the World War II drama The Grey Hound.