As strange as it might sound, Will Smith was reported to be in talks with Disney to star in Tim Burton’s live-action reboot of Dumbo. A month later, however, and it appears that talks have fallen through. The reboot of Dumbo will be following in the footsteps of Disney’s other live-action successes in Cinderella, Jungle Book and the hotly anticipated Beauty and the Beast as the studio look to bring the classics to a whole new generation.
How exactly Will Smith would have featured in a film about the famous elephant with big ears will remain a mystery. According to Deadline, the talks likely fell through because of scheduling and salary issues. Smith is already booked up to star in Suicide Squad director David Ayer’s new film Bright, a Netflix Original sci-fi thriller now in post-production. For fans of the Bad Boys franchise will also likely welcome news of Smith’s departure from the Dumbo project. With Bad Boys for Life scheduled to be released on November 9th, 2018 Smith now has a clear space to focus on the third instalment.
Although it is purely speculation, we should also point out that Warner Bros. and DC are likely to be looking for a film to schedule alongside Aquaman next year. With Smith taking on the role of Deadshot in the recent Suicide Squad movie, perhaps his exit from Dumbo was more than just coincidental. Could he be clearing space for a role in Gotham City Sirens next year?
Back to the Dumbo reboot and, although Smith is no longer attached to the film, it hasn’t harmed the project. Disney are eager to move forward with production. As Deadline report, Ehren Kruger has already penned the script for the film, so we can hopefully expect a stream of new details about the live-action remake very soon.
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