A live-action remake of the 2002 animated film “Lilo & Stitch” is in the works at Disney, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.
Jonathan Eirich and Dan Lin of Rideback, who are currently attached to the “Aladdin” remake from Guy Ritchie, are producing the “Lilo & Stitch” remake.
The film tells the story of Lilo, a Hawaiian girl who lives alone with her older sister, who adopts a pet that turns out to be a dangerous, blue, alien fugitive that she gives the name Stitch. The film made $145 million at the domestic box office in 2002 and spawned an animated TV series and several direct-to-video sequels.
Mike Van Waes will write the screenplay.
The project is in early development and the distribution, whether theatrical or planned for Disney’s upcoming streaming service launching in 2019, has yet to be determined.
Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders directed the original film that was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
Van Waes wrote “The Crooked Man,” a horror spinoff based on a character from “The Conjuring” universe and “Not in Kansas.”
This film joins the ranks of a swath of Disney, live-action remakes that have already still upcoming, including “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Mulan” and “Dumbo.”
The Hollywood Reporter was first to report.