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.
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.
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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