“‘Ohana’ means ‘family.’ Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” Disney’s live-action adaptation of Lilo & Stitch may have found a director in Jon M. Chu, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. The Crazy Rich Asians director is in negotiations to take on Stitch, which is the title for Disney’s remake.
Initially, Stitch was being touted for a possible feature release on Disney Plus. It’s not known at this time whether those plans have remained the same or if Stitch will get a theatrical release down the line. Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback are slated to produce. Rideback Productions was the backbone for 2019’s Aladdin live-action remake, which raked in a cool billion dollars at the global box office.
Lilo & Stitch was released in 2002 to critical acclaim. It was even nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars. The film follows a young Hawaiian girl named Lilo who befriends a dog-like alien called Stitch. What transpires is a series of alien escapades and encroaching social workers amid an ethereal Hawaiian paradise backdrop. The movie’s theme focuses on family, regardless of blood relations, and it’s a pervasive theme throughout.
Chu found success with Crazy Rich Asians and his star continues to rise. Besides the Lilo & Stitch remake, Chu is taking on Disney Plus’s Willow series. Chu and Ron Howard will both direct various episodes. Additionally, Chu has directed 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation and 2016’s Now You See Me 2.
As of now, the hunt is on for a scribe. Shooting was scheduled for this fall in Hawaii with a slated 2021 release. However, since updates are not forthcoming, it may be possible that the COVID-19 pandemic delayed production. Chris Sanders, who voiced Stitch as well as wrote and directed the original, is rumored to reprise his role as the lovable alien. No other casting announcements have been made.
Personally, I’m game for a Chu production. He’s a talented director and will undoubtedly adhere to the core standards of Lilo & Stitch. Bring it on!
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