Aloha! A live-action ‘Lilo & Stitch’ movie is on its way

And its director has just made a mini-masterpiece about a seashell

Jon Hornbuckle
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Jon Hornbuckle

Lilo & Stitch is the latest Disney animated classic to get a live-action remake.

Following on from the success of Aladdin and The Lion King, the 2002 hit is just one of 17 – yes, seventeen – live-action adaptations currently in development from Disney.

The original film blended family comedy with sci-fi action as it told the story of Lilo, a young orphan living in Hawaii who befriends Stitch, a blue koala-like alien who is genetically engineered to cause chaos and destruction.

Lilo & Stitch became one of Disney’s few animated successes during its 2000s barren patch, making over $273 million globally.

The remake will blend live-action and CGI, with Stitch rendered through the magic of CGI.

Directing it is Dean Fleischer-Camp, whose animation/live-action hybrid, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, has been recently been warming the cockles of US moviegoers. 

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M Chu was going to direct Lilo & Stitch but had to withdraw he’s busy making the two-part adaptation of musical Wicked.

Other upcoming Disney live-action remakes include Hercules, Snow White, The Little Mermaid and The Sword in the Stone.

There will also be sequels to previous live-action flicks The Lion King, Cruella, Aladdin, and The Jungle Book.

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