Continuing their lucrative trend of remaking their animated films into live-action movies, Disney has added Lilo & Stitch to its growing list. Based on the 2002 film of the same name, the original told the heartwarming tale of a solitary young girl named Lilo who befinds an adorable (yet troublesome) alien named Stitch.
Set against the beautifully animated scenery of Hawaii, Lilo & Stitch was an instant favorite with audiences and its only increased in popularity over the last sixteen years. Spawning three direct to DVD sequels, a TV series, a Japanese anime spin-off Stitch!, and a Chinese animated spin-off Stitch & Ai that launched last year. Stitch is a globally loved Disney character, and it was only a matter of time before the live-action button was pushed.
I have a lot of love for Lilo & Stitch, I might not have been the target audience, but I'm a human man with two years, and a heart and that little scamp scurried his way into mine. Remakes don't have to sully the original; I loved the animated Beauty and the Beast, I didn't like the remake yet my fondness for the original is unchanged. As a spin on E.T, the Iron Giant, or even Disney's Big Hero 6 (and countless others), a live-action Lilo & Stitch could work.
Thus far, the Disney live-action remakes have been a mixed bag, while they all look stunning, it's only The Jungle Book that I can honestly say I enjoyed. That said, the future looks promising with a roster of live-action films coming our way over the next couple of years. 2019 brings not one, not two, but three live-action Disney remakes. Tim Burton's Dumbo swoops into cinemas in March, Guy Richie's Aladdin with Will Smith as The Genie appears in multiplexes on May 24. Finally, The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau brings The Lion King to photorealistic life for a new generation. Featuring Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, and James Earl Jones (back voicing Mufasa), The Lion King is released in cinemas on July 19.
Disney's plans show no signs of slowing down with versions of Lady and the Tramp, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book 2, all on the development slate. There are no details on when Lilo & Stitch will be released, but 2021 seems like a safe bet for now.