We’ve been hoping and praying for this announcement ever since Disney started to transform their classic animation films into live-action movies, but we didn’t think this day would ever come. Now, we’re thrilled that the Hollywood Reporter has exclusively announced that Lilo & Stitch is set to be remade into a live-action/CGI movie.
That isn’t the only thing that was announced; the producers of the upcoming Disney live-action remake of Aladdin, Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, are set to produce this new version of Lilo & Stitch, whilst Mike Van Waes has been hired as the script-writer. Surprisingly, Mike Van Waes is mostly known for penning the horror movies The Crooked Man, which is based on a character from The Conjuring 2 and is being developed as a Conjuring spinoff; and, Not In Kansas, which is a horror-themed project based off The Wizard Of Oz, which has also not been made – just yet.
This isn’t the first time that Disney has remade a film into a live-action/CGI hybrid, in the past, we have had Alice In Wonderland and The Jungle Book amongst many others. With more Disney live-action remakes on the way including Dumbo, The Lion King, and Aladdin; we will all be keeping on an eye on how Lilo & Stitch remake performs. If it is set to be another smash when it comes to ratings, we could certainly see more ambitious Disney animations being transformed into live-action films.
We’re interested to see how it will come together, and we sure hope they keep the ohana spirit to the entire film. The original movie followed two orphaned sisters struggling to survive in Hawaii just as an alien crashlands into their life. This alien, named Stitch, befriends the youngest of the sisters, Lilo, whilst creating mayhem and mischief in the tropical state. The film launched two sequels, a TV movie, and a TV series, which ended in 2006. Then, in 2008, it was shipped off to Japan, where they created a spin-off TV series with new girl Yuna, which ended in 2011 but was followed up with two specials in 2012 and 2015, aptly titled Stitch! Then, this lovable blue alien made his way to China for another spin-off TV series, titled Stitch & Ai. Now, he’ll return to Hawaii, for this live-action/CGI remake.