Tim Burton to direct Disney’s live-action Dumbo movie

Tim Burton is going from “Big Eyes” to big ears.

Burton will direct Disney’s upcoming live-action “Dumbo” movie, which was announced in July.

Burton, of course, is best known for movies that are both surreal and heart-felt: “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and the dead-dog fable “Frankenweenie.” His most recent release was “Big Eyes,” a drama about the painter Margaret Keane, which he produced.

Burton’s last re-imaginging for Disney, “Alice in Wonderland,” grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and ranks as one of Disney’s most successful live-action movies.

Also attached to the project, which does not have a release date, is screenwriter Ehren Kruger of Transformers fame. Not surprisingly, the film will reportedly be a mix of live-action and CGI.