Disney Developing Live-Action Lilo & Stitch Remake

Disney's avalanche of live-action remakes is getting an extraterrestrial addition: Lilo & Stitch, 2002's quirky story of a Hawaiian child who adopts a fierce blue alien as her new pet dog. Disney Studios has signed on Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich to produce the film, which will be written by Mike Van Waes.

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Lin and Eirich are the same team currently working on the live-action remake of Aladdin, scheduled to be released in May 2019. Van Waes is a Disney newcomer, known in Hollywood mostly as a writer of horror. Ryan Halprin will also be a co-producer on the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Lilo & Stitch stands out among the Disney animated classics for its modern setting, offbeat humor and original plot with no basis in a fairy tale or legend. Written by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, it centers on the unlikely bond between Lilo, a young girl being raised by her older sister, and Stitch, an alien genetic experiment who crash-lands in the Hawaiian islands.

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The remake will be a combination of live action-and CG, which makes sense considering the oddly-formed aliens it will likely include. It's not known at this time whether the project will have a theatrical release, as it may be intended for Disney's upcoming streaming service.

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