Lilo and Stitch, the beloved 2002 movie about a young Hawaiian girl who befriends an alien, is the newest addition to Disney’s list of planned live-action remakes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who are currently working on the controversial live-action remake of Aladdin, will be producing the film, while new-comer Mike Van Waes, known for his work in the horror genre, has been recruited to write the script.
This new project is the latest in a series of live-action remakes by Disney, including Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. Others that are currently in the production process include Mulan and The Lion King.
Disney has faced a lot of controversy over their casting and production choices in films set outside of Europe, including claims that they have been darkening the skin tones of Aladdin cast members. One of the important plot points from Lilo and Stitch is Lilo’s Hawaiian heritage and how it can set her apart from her peers. Hopefully, Disney will take care in casting Hawaiian actors to play the part of Hawaiian characters.
It is still unclear whether the film is intended for theatrical release or purely for Disney’s new streaming service, which is set to launch in 2019.