Lilo & Stitch: Jon M. Chu in Talks to Helm Live-Action Remake
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, Willow) is currently in negotiations to direct a live-action remake of Lilo & Stitch for Disney. Mike Van Waes reportedly wrote the current draft of the film and the search for a screenwriter to collaborate with Chu on the project is now underway.
The original animated film, written and directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, is a 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 a family all figure into the proceedings.
Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback (Aladdin) will produce with Rideback’s Ryan Halprin executive producing. Disney has not yet confirmed whether the live-action remake will be released theatrically or on the Disney+ streamer.
The 2002 Lilo & Stitch’s voice cast included Chris Sanders, Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Jason Scott Lee, Zoe Caldwell, and Kevin Michael Richardson. The movie earned $273.1 million at the box office and launched several direct-to-video sequels in addition to many television series.