Reaching further into the Disney vault, the studio’s next live-action adaptation may be somewhat surprising.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aladdin live-action producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich are developing a live-action remake of Disney’s 2002 film, Lilo & Stitch. Mike Van Waes will write the script. Originally devised and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DuBlois, the film told the story of a young Hawaiian girl, Lilo (voiced by Daviegh Chase) who befriends a dangerous alien experimental lifeform named Stitch (Sanders). Trying to pass himself as a dog until he can fulfill his engineered desire to crush a big city, Stitch eventually learns the meaning of ohana and helps Lilo create a new family of misfits.
The film stands apart from some of the other commercial and creative mistakes made by Disney’s animation division in the early part of the century. It’s also a personal favorite as Sanders’ designs look so unlike most Disney animated features. It will be interesting to see how much of it is preserved once real human people have to play Lilo, her older sister Nani and social worker Cobra Bubbles. Presumably alien characters like Captain Gantu will be realized with computer graphics.
While Disney’s live-action remakes of their animated classics are hit-and-miss, a Lilo & Stitch live action film suggests the studio considers it a strong contender for box office success; which feels like a bit of a sea change in regards to the latter-day day 2D feature films produced at the time by the studio.
Lilo & Stitch is not yet scheduled for release.