The alien Stitch has a badness level which is unusually high for someone his size, but he’s also cute and fluffy. Walt Disney Pictures is working on a live-action CG hybrid version of Lilo & Stitch, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The remake will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback, who are producing Disney’s live-action Aladdin, which will be directed by Guy Ritchie, star Will Smith and should hit theaters in May 2019. The screenplay will be written by horror writer Mike Van Waes, who wrote The Crooked Man, based on a character from New Line’s The Conjuring 2, and Not in Kansas, a Wizard of Oz-themed horror film also coming from New Line. Rideback’s Ryan Halprin is co-producing.
Lilo & Stitch was Walt Disney Pictures’ 42nd animated feature film. The original 2002 animated film was written and directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, who also starred as Stitch. The pair later made the film How to Train Your Dragon. Lilo & Stitch featured the voices of Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames, Jason Scott Lee, and Kevin Michael Richardson.
Lilo & Stitch told the story of a lonely young Hawaiian girl named Lilo who lives with her older sister following the death of her parents. She finds and adopts a doglike pet she names Stitch. The unusual creature actually a genetic experiment who crash landed on earth. Developed to be an alien killing machine, Stitch thwarts efforts by both invading aliens and earth’s social workers and learns the meaning of family. Lilo & Stitch only grossed $146 million domestically, but spawned several direct-to-video sequels and TV series.
Lilo & Stitch joins a slew of Disney live-action remakes which includes Cinderella, Pete’s Dragon, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast. Tim Burton’s Dumbo, and Jon Favreau’s The Lion King are also slated to come out in 2019. Disney has a Mulan remake scheduled for 2020.
There is no word yet on whether Lilo & Stitch will be a standard theatrical release, or for Disney’s yet-to-be-titled streaming service which is scheduled to launch in 2019. Disney’s streaming service already has a live-action version of Lady & The Tramp, which will star Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux, in the works.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.