Dumbo is an upcoming American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton , with a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger . It is loosely inspired by Walt Disney's 1941 animated film of the same name , itself based on the novel by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl . The film stars Colin Farrell , Michael Keaton , Danny DeVito , Eva Green , and Alan Arkin .  Dumbo Directed by Tim Burton Produced by Justin Spri . . .