As Disney continues to turn its most beloved animated films to live-action, its Academy-recognised 2002 title Lilo & Stitch looks to be the next candidate for the treatment. Following the success of the Jon Favreau directed live-action/CGI Jungle Book movie, the Mouse House has been confidently moving ahead with further remakes, from The Lion King (which Favreau will also direct) to Mulan. Tim Burton’s Dumbo film is the next up on the list hitting theatres in March, and will set off the studio’s production line of these remakes after The Jungle Book‘s initial proof of concept.
Lilo & Stitch was no box office juggernaut at the time of its opening (taking in $273 million worldwide off of its $80 million budget) but certainly found its own base of fans who hold its two main characters in a special place in their hearts’. While not perhaps as financially lucrative as some of its other 2000s animated classics, Lilo & Stitch is generally grouped with those Disney favourites, which include titles such as The Incredibles, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo. The movie had a quirky sense of humour and, in true Disney style, packed an emotional punch, and from its success launched many direct to DVD sequels and episodic TV series.
THR reports that Disney plans to bring a live-action/CGI hybrid Lilo & Stitch movie to the big screen in future, with no specific date being provided as of yet. The film will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich (the pair are also producing the studio’s upcoming Aladdin live-action remake) and written by Mike Van Waes, whose rising talent has landed him work on Warner Bros. and New Line’s The Conjuring spinoff The Crooked Man. Lilo & Stitch does not seem to have a director attached at the moment.
While the Mouse House has a pretty packed line-up of live-action re-imaginings through to 2020, it has a handful of additionally announced titles that have yet to receive scheduled release dates in Cruella, Peter Pan, Tink, The Sword in the Stone, Pinocchio, Rose Red (Snow White) and Prince Charming. Where exactly Disney could squeeze Lilo & Stitch into the picture is uncertain, but if it indeed is a newly thought about project it’s likely to be on the bottom of the current pile and that could mean it’s a little while aways yet.
Many will remember the story of the 16-year-old film, but for those that don’t here’s a little refresher: Stitch, an extraterrestrial experiment escaped from the clutches of the Galactic Federation who wound up on Earth, is passed off as a dog and ends up as the pet of a young, shy Hawaiian girl called Lilo.
Lilo & Stitch is yet to receive an official release date