There’s a Batman Returns reunion on the horizon, as Michael Keaton is in negotiations to join Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s live-action DUMBO movie that is preparing for flight at Disney, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The trio hasn’t worked together since that 1992 sequel, though Keaton did co-star in 1998’s Out of Sight, which was produced by DeVito.
Colin Farrell and Eva Green will star in Dumbo as parents, while Keaton is making a deal play the new circus owner out to exploit the titular elephant. This comes on the heels of Keaton’s other villainous turn in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Ehren Kruger wrote the Dumbo script and will produce with Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy).
Keaton earned an Oscar nomination for his starring turn in Birdman, and he deserved two more nominations for his work in Best Picture winner Spotlight and last year’s underrated drama The Founder. He first worked with Burton on the 1988 hit Beetlejuice before the director cast as the Caped Crusader in Batman the following year.
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