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OCTOBER 03, 2018 10:46am PT by Borys Kit
'Lilo & Stitch' Live-Action Remake in the Works at Disney (Exclusive)

Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who are already working on the live-action remake of 'Aladdin,' are producing what will be a live-action/CG hybrid.

Stitch is back.

Lilo & Stitch, the 2002 animated movie from Walt Disney Feature Animation, is getting the live-action treatment, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The studio has hired up-and-comer Mike Van Waes to pen the script for the remake that will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback. The two are already known in the Disney halls as they working on the high-profile live-action remake of Aladdin.

Stitch was written and directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, who later found acclaim with How to Train Your Dragon.

The Hawaii-centric story told of the bond formed between a lonely human girl named Lilo and a dog-like alien named Stitch, who is engineered to be a force of destruction. Pursuing aliens, social workers, and the idea of the bond of family figure into the proceedings.

While not a massive success by modern box office standards, the well-regarded movie was a bright spot in a down period of Disney’s animation history and launched several direct-to-video sequels as well as several television series.

It is unclear whether the feature project, which is intended to be a live-action/CG hybrid, is intended for theatrical release or for Disney's streaming service that launches in 2019.

Rideback’s Ryan Halprin is co-producing.

The feature project is the latest in Disney’s successful strategy of mining their past animated classics and re-purposing them as live-action tentpoles events. Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Pete’s Dragon are some of the recent releases with Dumbo, The Lion King and Aladdin among those heading moviegoers’ way in the future.

Van Waes is better known in Hollywood circles as a writer of horror fare. He wrote The Crooked Man, based on a character from New Line’s The Conjuring 2 and that is being developed as a Conjuring Universe spinoff. He also wrote Not in Kansas, a Wizard of Oz-themed horror project also set up at New Line. He is repped by CAA and Grandview.
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This is my favorite Disney movie ever, so I'm down for this.
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Fingers crossed that they cast locals.
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I wouldn't mind a live-action Black Cauldron, Sword in the Stone, or Treasure Planet. =P
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Not surprised.
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It doesn’t surprise me, but it’s unnecessary. I’d like to see them try and do a live action version of Atlantis The Lost Empire.
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Nonononono. I mean, I love Lilo and Stitch, but I just can't see this coming out and not seeming like some kind of horror movie. Add to that you have to get a kid actor to carry most of the movie.
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Originally Posted by devilshalo View Post
Fingers crossed that they cast locals.
That Auli girl who voiced Moana could play Nani. I could see that working pretty well, she has acting experience and by the time they get out of pre-prod she'll be 18.
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this would be weird, given Stitch, but who knows...
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Originally Posted by Koby View Post
I wouldn't mind a live-action Black Cauldron, Sword in the Stone, or Treasure Planet. =P
I hate the idea of a live action version of "Lilo & Stich". Because I think the animated film is terrific as is. But I LOVE your ideas above. Yes, yes and yes! Especially "The Black Cauldron". Such an underrated gem.
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Originally Posted by fujishig View Post
Nonononono. I mean, I love Lilo and Stitch, but I just can't see this coming out and not seeming like some kind of horror movie. Add to that you have to get a kid actor to carry most of the movie.
Yep, totally agree.

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this would be weird, given Stitch, but who knows...
Yep, for sure.


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That Auli girl who voiced Moana could play Nani. I could see that working pretty well, she has acting experience and by the time they get out of pre-prod she'll be 18.
Ooooo.....maybe it could work. She would be great in that role.
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I’m with fumanstan — this is my favorite Disney flick. This intrigues me, but does not excite me though. Wholly unnecessary, too recent, take your pick.

I thought /Film said a live action Sword in the Stone is in the works, but it may not be theatrical.

I like the idea of mining the properties that need a second chance.
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