Disney in talks to make ‘Lilo & Stitch’ live-action movie with 'Crazy Rich Asians' director Jon M. Chu

November 15, 2020

Filmmaker Jon M. Chu may soon add “Lilo and Stitch” to his continuously growing list of achievements in film.

The director of “Crazy Rich Asians” is currently in talks with Disney to head the upcoming live-action remake of the animated classic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Disney has not yet announced if the movie will be released in theaters or on the studio's streaming service, Disney Plus.

The movie will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback. Both Lin and Rideback worked as producers for the billion dollar-grossing live-action remake of “Aladdin” in 2019.

Chu, 41, is best known for directing the widely successful “Crazy Rich Asians,” which grossed over $238 million in 2018. Chu has also directed episodes of the Apple series “Home Before Dark” and is currently a director and executive producer for the Disney Plus series “Willow.”

The original "Lilo and Stitch" was written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, and released in 2002. The animated family film tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a 6-year-old Hawaiian girl named Lilo and a blue extraterrestrial friend named Stitch.

Disney is known for their live-action adaptations that draw in the attention of young viewers while igniting nostalgia in older audiences. Recent live-action remakes have included “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Dumbo,” "Beauty and the Beast," and “Mulan.”

A remake of “The Little Mermaid” is also in the works, with Halle Bailey playing Ariel and Melissa McCarthy playing Ursula.

Recently, Chu directed the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, “In The Heights,” set to debut in 2021.

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