Disney’s live-action films based on popular animated properties continue to create new and exciting variations of classic tales. Following the success of films like Mulan and The Lion King, Disney will next put a Lilo & Stitch reimagining into production. As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has tapped Crazy Rich Asians director to helm the upcoming live-action remake.
Per the initial report, Disney and Chu are currently in search of a screenwriter to help rework the screenplay. The first draft of the script hails from Mike Van Waes (The Crooked Man). Moreover, Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich (Aladdin) are on-board to serve as the film’s executive producers alongside Ryan Halprin (The Lego Batman Movie). Previously, it was reported that the film would premiere on the Disney+ streaming service in lieu of a theatrical release.
Releasing in 2002, Lilo & Stitch is the 42nd Disney animated feature film. The film hails from Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois in their directorial debuts. The film’s story follows two mischievous individuals. A six-year-old Hawaiian girl named Lilo Pelekai (her 19-year-old sister Nani raises her after their parents die in a car accident) and a blue extraterrestrial creature, Experiment 626, who Lilo adopts as her dog and renames Stitch. Moreover, the film spawned the creation of a franchise with various direct-to-video sequels and a television series on the Disney Channel.
Up next for Jon M. Chu is the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s In The Heights. The filmmaker also directs and produces episodes of Freeform’s Good Trouble and Apple TV‘s Home Before Dark. Chu will also work with Disney to develop and direct Lucasfilm’s Willow series for Disney+.
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