Disney Is Making A Live-Action Lilo And Stitch Film

A new Lilo & Stitch live action remake is in the works at Disney, sources say.

The 2002 animated movie will be rebooted as a live-action and CG hybrid by the same producers working on the Aladdin remake.

Mike Van Waes has been hired by Disney to write the remake's script, and the flick will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

There is currently very little detail surrounding this potential reboot. It's unclear whether it will be given the big screen treatment or be released on Disney's streaming service, Disney Play, when it launches in 2019.

Written and directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the original tropical tale follows the story of Lilo, a Hawaiian schoolgirl and her older sister, after their parents were killed in a car crash.

Little Lilo goes in search of a friend but instead stumbles across an extraterrestrial creature, who she adopts as her dog and calls Stitch.

Lilo's 'dog' has actually been genetically engineered to cause chaos and destruction, and Stitch initially uses her to hide from an intergalactic federation as they go on adventures together.

But the two end up developing a close bond through 'ohana - part of Hawaiian culture of extended family - which causes alien Stitch to defy his intended destructive purpose to keep his new family together.

Credit: Disney
Credit: Disney

While the movie didn't rake in fortunes at the box office by the current day standards, it did spark several spin-offs, including a TV series, which ran from 2003 and 2006, as well as a number of sequel films.

Lilo & Stitch joins a long list of Disney movies being reworked for new releases, including Mulan and Dumbo.

Big names like Donald Glover and Beyoncé have signed up to the Lion King reboot, and Will Smith is said to be Genie in Aladdin.

Disney's 1955 classic Lady and the Tramp is also getting the live action treatment, and is set to debut on the franchise's streaming service when it launches.

The company is pulling its movies from streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime in preparation for Disney Play. Bosses are also promising a cheaper subscription price than Netflix.

Featured Image Credit: Disney Pixar

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