Disney is remaking yet another of their classic animated films. The studio announced that they’ll be bringing Lilo and her dog-like alien pal back. Lilo and Stitch followed a lonely little girl in Hawaii who finds a friend in an alien built for destruction. This animated film broke the Disney princess mold and introduced a realistic family in hard-working single mother Nani and daughter Lilo.The 2002 film is definitely the newest film in the Disney canon that is getting revamped. It’s only been out for 16 years.
Although the original movie wasn’t Disney’s highest-grossing movie by any means, it spawned a few direct-to-video movies and a TV series. Lilo & Stitch was written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, who went on to find great success with another pet-like fantastical creature named Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon.
Stitch, aka experiment six-two-six, is going to get a whole new look with CGI, along with his fellow illegal genetic lab buddies. Lilo & Stitch joins a long list of movies that Disney is remaking. The studio started off with redoing The Jungle Book, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. Now, they’ve got Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan, Dumbo and Lady and the Tramp in the works. The producers of the upcoming Aladdin movie, starring Will Smith as the Genie, are also producing Lilo and Stitch.
No one is sure yet whether Disney wants this movie to be aired on the big screen or if they’re intending on releasing it on their streaming service, which is set to launch in 2019. They have already slated the live-action/CGI hybrid Lady and the Tramp, starring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux, for it. Their streaming service is Disney’s answer to Netflix and HBO GO.
It’ll be interesting to see what Disney does as a studio after they’ve remade all of their classics.