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Whether it feels like the release of Disney’s Lilo & Stitch happened just years ago, or was a lifetime away, you’re in for a real treat! The 2002 American animated science fiction comedy-drama movie which was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards is getting the remake treatment. This time, with a pretty human, pretty live-action ohana.
Including perhaps, the Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu.
According to reports by Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter, Chu is in talks to help create the upcoming live-action remake.
The new film is being produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback. Both producers worked on the live-action version of Aladdin which starred Will Smith. Currently, Disney has a draft of the film which was written by Mike Van Waes. However, the entertainment company is looking for another writer to help Chu to develop the draft further.
It is unknown whether the new film will be released in theaters or on Disney +.
The original animated film was written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois and narrates the story of a lonely Hawaiian girl named Lilo. After mistaking an alien who actually is a genetic experiment for a dog, Lilo adopts him as her new friend and member of her “ohana” which only includes Lilo and her older sister Nani.
Chu might just be the perfect pick for Disney’s latest live-action remake.
Earlier this year, Chu was tapped to direct and executive produce the Willow series. This past year, he directed In The Heights, the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, which will see its debut in 2021.
Of course, the new remake is hardly anything new for Disney. The studio is going full-steam ahead when it comes to remaking its classic animated films in live-action. Earlier this year, fans saw the release of Mulan. This summer, scheduled to be released May 28, 2021, the studio will debut the film Cruela, a remake of the 101 Dalmatians classic. The film will focus on the early years of the dalmatian-wearing villain Cruella de Vil. Emma Stone will star as the title character and the film is set in the punk rock era of 1970s London.
Earlier this year, Disney announced that it would remake The Little Mermaid, which was originally based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale. The announcement stirred up quite a bit of excitement when it was revealed that she would star Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, and Awkwafina as Scuttle.
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