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Disney Announces ‘Lilo & Stitch’ Live-Action Remake in the Works

A live-action remake of the cult favorite animated film Lilo & Stitch is in the works at Walt Disney Pictures.

Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich are already working on the project according to The Hollywood Reporter. The production will be a blend of live-action and CG similar to how Disney is approaching its live-action remake of Aladdin.

The 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 family figure into the proceedings.

The original 2002 feature was written and directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, who later found acclaim with How to Train Your Dragon.

While not a success by modern box office standards, the critically acclaimed film was a bright spot in a down period of Disney’s animation history and launched several direct-to-video sequels as well as several television series.

It is unclear whether the upcoming film is intended for theatrical release or for Disney’s streaming service that launches in 2019.

The feature project is the latest in Disney’s successful strategy of mining their past animated classics and re-purposing them as live-action blockbuster events. Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Pete’s Dragon are some of the recent releases with Dumbo, The Lion King and Aladdin among those heading moviegoers’ way in the future.

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