Orphaned Hawaiian girl Lilo and rambunctious alien animal Stitch are to be reunited in a remake of the 2002 animated adventure, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which advises that “Lilo & Stitch” could rematerialize as a theatrical or live streaming film.
The original film fared decently both commercially and at review, making $273m worldwide.
Though, like many of its contemporaries, its accomplishments were dwarfed by Disney-Pixar’s box office takings — “Monsters Inc.” (2001) made $577m and “Finding Nemo” (2003) leapt to $940m — it launched a franchise that has included direct-to-video sequels, several television specials and a TV movie, and three animated series, the most recent of which was 2017’s China-set “Stitch & Ai.”
Working on the undated remake are producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, currently best associated with Disney’s May 2019 “Aladdin” remake starring Will Smith, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud.
Also on board is a potential rising star writer, Mike Van Waes, whose other announced projects include a spin-off for horror franchise “The Conjuring” called “The Crooked Man,” and a horror version of “The Wizard of Oz” called “Not in Kansas.”
Disney is expected to launch its own live streaming movie and TV service in 2019.