It’s widely assumed that like many other recent Disney live-action remakes, the new Lilo & Stitch will closely follow the original movie, hopefully keeping the outlandish, heartwarming hilarity found in the original. Still, devoted fans of the original film have some reservations about the remake going into production.
As reported by THR, Chu’s involvement in the project has only been revealed recently and is still under negotiations. Chu himself has yet to make any comments on his potential involvement, but as of now, no other directors are in the running for the position. The producers of the live-action Aladdin, Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, are on board to produce this remake as well, while the search continues for a writer to takeover from Mike Van Waes’ first draft of the script.
The live-action phenomenon has caused some of the world’s favorite childhood films to be reimagined, and for some, in an unwanted light. On the other hand, there are fans who are excited to see the animated movies translated with a hyper-realistic lens. Perhaps, having a director well-versed with emotional yet still upbeat storytelling is exactly what a live-action Lilo & Stitch remake needs to make it a success.