Lilo & Stitch live action movie takes big step forward

Disney is continuing its popular trend of adapting its classic animated movies into live-action films, with Lilo & Stitch the latest project to get the live action treatment.

That movie has now taken a big step forward by announcing the director for the movie. Dean Fleischer Camp, who directed A24’s beloved Marcel the Shell With Shoes Onhas been announced as the director for Lilo & Stitch.

Crazy Rich Asians and In The Heights director Jon M. Chu was originally slated to direct the movie but a deal never materialised.

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While the movie is still in the very early stages of being made, this is a big step forward for the adaptation. Meanwhile, writer Chris Kekaniokalani Bright is reportedly in talks to pen the screenplay. There are no actors attached to the project as of yet, nor has it been confirmed whether or not the movie will release in theaters or will be a strictly Disney+ release.

Lilo & Stitch follows a young girl and her sister who live in Hawaii and accidentally adopt a blue alien creature as their new pet. Alien hunters are sent to track Stitch down as he and Lilo form a special bond that develops into a family. Or, ohana, to be more movie accurate.

The 2002 animated feature was written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois and was nominated for the best animated feature film Oscar, although it lost to Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

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This remake of Lilo & Stitch will be one of many live-action remakes of Disney classics, with Beauty & The Beast, The Jungle Book, The Lion King, Mulan, Cruella, aladdin and more already released.

Pinocchiostarring Tom Hanks as Geppetto, will be released on Disney+ this September, while Peter Pan & Wendy, The Little Mermaid, Snow White and Hercules, amongst others, are all coming up. In total, there are 17 more live-action adaptations in development.

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