Dean Fleischer-Kamp, creator of A24’s catchy indie comedy “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,” will step down as director of Disney’s live-action “Lilo & Stitch” remake for John M. Chu.
Chu was roped in for the project in 2020 but his deal was never finalized.
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The film is still in its early stages and has yet to officially hire a screenwriter or an actor to portray Lilo or her older sister Nani. It’s unclear whether the movie will debut in theaters or on Disney+, the studio’s subscription streaming service.
Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois wrote and directed the original film, which opened in 2002 and grossed $273 million at the global box office. The animated family film centers on 6-year-old Lilo and her teenage sister Nani, who live in Hawaii and adopt a cute blue supernatural creature named Stitch. The film featured the catchy Disney song “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” and introduced audiences to the concept of ohana, which means family – and as Stitch establishes in the group, family means no one is left behind or is forgotten.
“Lilo & Stitch” has inspired several spinoffs, including the direct-to-video sequels “Stitch: The Movie,” “Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch” and “Leroy & Stitch.” A TV show called “Lilo and Stitch: The Series” ran on Disney Channel and ABC Kids from 2003 to 2006.
Rideback’s Dan Lin and Jonathan Erich, the company behind Disney’s “Aladdin” remake, are producing the live-action “Lilo & Stitch,” with rideback exec Ryan Halpin serving as an executive producer.
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