The Lilo And Stitch ohana is expanding and it will most definitely be a Hawaiian roller coaster ride. This is especially since the director of Crazy Rich Asians, Jon M. Chu is in the talks to bring the beloved movie to life.
News of a Lilo And Stitch live-action remake first came to light in 2018 but went into silence until two years later this February when the remake was announced to be in the works for Disney+. However, Lilo And Stitch isn’t a roller coaster ride for nothing. With Chu helming the film, the remake may receive a theatrical release instead.
Chu has always been vocal about preserving the movie theatre experience especially when it comes to movies made about minority audiences. His romantic-comedy Crazy Rich Asians made US$238.5 million in the box-office and became the highest-grossing romantic comedy of the last 10 years, effectively changing Asian representation in Hollywood. It would be a shame if Lilo And Stitch, a story centred around Native Hawaiians, does not make it to the big screens.
Lilo And Stitch tells the story of a lonely human girl named Lilo and a dog-like alien named Stitch. The film largely explores the theme of family and is without a doubt, a heartwarming film despite not being a huge success when it first came out.
Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, the duo behind the Aladdin live-action remake. will be producing Lilo And Stitch. Ryan Halprin is executive producing and a search for a scribe is still underway.
Lilo And Stitch is just one of Disney’s many animated films that is getting a live-action remake treatment. The House of Mouse saw box-office successes in Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. However, the latest Mulan was a flop, making only US$69.9 million despite the US$200 million budget.