Michael Keaton in talks for Dumbo

If the deal is made, Keaton would play a villain, who buys a circus with hopes of exploiting the elephants.

According to Variety, Keaton's in talks to star in Burton's latest, the partially live-action Dumbo movie. Fast forward about twenty-five years or so, and it appears the two may collaborate once again, but Keaton may be playing a villain this time around.

Danny DeVito plays the circus' ringmaster. Meanwhile, Green would play a French trapeze artist named Colette, and Farrell's character, Holt, is a widowed father from Kentucky, whose children fall in love with the flappy-eared elephant.

Keaton and Burton previously teamed up for 1988's Beetlejuice, 1989's Batman and 1992?s Batman Returns.

Ehren Krueger, the Transformers franchise scribe who also worked on the Ghost In The Shell remake's script, is writing the new Dumbo movie, which promises to mix animation with live action.

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Colin Farrell and Eva Green also are in talks to join the project too. If everything goes well, there would be a possible Beetlejuice sequel.

The studio's emphasis on live-action reboots follows the hits "Maleficent", "Cinderella", "The Jungle Book", and most recently, "Beauty and the Beast".

Keaton will play another famous bad guy this July, Adrian Toomes a.k.a. the Vulture, in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Among the other remakes being lined up include "The Lion King", "Mulan" and "The Little Mermaid".

  • Carolyn Briggs