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Lilo & Stitch latest Disney film to get live-action treatment

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Oct 3, 2018

Aloha, Disney fans! It appears that Lilo & Stitch is the latest Disney animated film to get the live-action treatment.

That's right — per The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news, Disney is producing a live-action/CGI hybrid remake of the beloved animated 2002 film, adding to its ever-growing library of live-action remakes, including Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast, as well as upcoming new versions of Aladdin, Mulan, Dumbo, and The Lion King.

Mike Van Waes has been hired to write the script, and the same team who is already working on the live-action Aladdin remake — Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback (formerly Lin Pictures) — are attached to produce.

It wasn't immediately clear if the new Lilo & Stitch is getting a theatrical release or if it will be available via Disney's new streaming service launching next year.

The original animated Lilo & Stitch was written and directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, who later went on to make How to Train Your Dragon. The story centers on Lilo, a lonely Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly "dog," whom she names Stitch. Thing is, Stitch is not so much a dog as he is a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and crash-landed on Earth. Zany antics and heartwarming life lessons ensue. 

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SYFY WIRE has reached out to the folks at Disney for comment. For now, we'll just have to wonder if the remake's computer-generated Stitch is cute like E.T.-meets-Ewoks or the stuff of nightmares like Gollum-meets-Gremlins (or somewhere in between).

So. What do you think? You excited for this? Intrigued? Morbidly curious? Let us know in the comments below. We always love hearing from you. (Honest.)

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