Colin Farrell and Eva Green are still in talks to board the project with Keaton and DeVito.
Everyone hoped the next time Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton worked together, it would be for Beetlejuice 2.
With three live-action remakes having been rousing success stories, Disney has planned out a huge slate of remakes of its classic films to thrill whole new generations of theater goers. With the pair last working together on Batman Returns, it appears that Keaton may join the Disney project in another villainous role, with the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming seeing him don the wings for his role as Adrian Toomes AKA The Vulture.
Keaton is expected to take up the role of the man who acquires the circus from DeVito's character and who goes on to exploit the elephant and his mother, Variety reports.
The Wrap is now reporting that Keaton is also in talks to join the live-action remake as the villain.
Ehren Kruger (The Brothers Grimm, Ghost in the Shell) wrote the script for Dumbo, and produces along with Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy). The part of the Ringmaster was previously rumored to be going to Tom Hanks, who reportedly turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. The film was directed by Tim Burton and it was through his ideas that people will really believe that elephants can definitely fly, Movie Pilot reported. Since the original movie was just over an hour long - and the original source material was a children's book literally dozens of pages long - it should come as no surprise to anyone that a bunch of new stuff is being added.