Tim Burton isn’t known for his light and fluffy filmmaking, so to have him on board of Disney’s remake of the Classic cartoon, Dumbo may have raised a few eyebrows and raising the question could the elephant who could fly be taking a turn to the darker side? Thankfully, according to Colin Farrell, Burton’s vision sounds like it’s on track to stay faithful with the original animation.

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HeyUGuys own Stefan Pape caught up with Colin Farrell during the press junket for The Killing of a Sacred Deer and probed the actor on Tim Burton’s live-action remake of Dumbo and the tonal direction the film will take.

It’s certainly not dark and twisted or anything like that, the story on the page and what I see on set is very sweet, very sweet, and really kind of buoyant, it’s just a really gorgeous tale.

They did a bang-up job of writing a narrative story around what really didn’t really have much of a narrative story, certainly in relation to the human beings in the cartoon, they wrote a whole story there. There’s a great part for Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, myself and the two young actors that play the kids. It’s really sweet to go to work on it every day; it couldn’t be any more different to this [The Killing of a Sacred Deer], and I love this, but this is a different kind of level”.

Production has already begun on the film which has a cast of Michael Keaton, Eva Green (Casino Royale), Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Colin Farrell (The Beguiled).

No release date for Dumbo has been set, but we’re expecting it at the end of 2018 / early 2019.