Jon M. Chu to Direct Disney’s Live-Action Lilo & Stitch Movie


Disney is clearly not slowing down when it comes to producing live-action remakes of their classic animated films, but at the moment the only one that is currently on their release calendar for next year is Cruella (tentatively set to arrive in May). There are quite a few others in various stages of development, however, and now we’ve got one more that is close to landing a director. Lilo & Stitch, the 2002 animated film directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, was not nearly as big as movies like The Lion King or Aladdin but it built a pretty rabid fan base over the years and continues to be a huge moneymaker in terms of merchandising. Now the inevitable live-action version is moving forward and we are hearing that Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) will take the director’s chair. Hit the jump for more details.

According to THR, Jon M. Chu is in talks to direct a live-action version of Lilo & Stitch for Disney. Chu is coming off of a couple of big hits with Crazy Rich Asians and Now You See Me 2 but probably his biggest effects-driven blockbuster to date has been G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He was also recently hired to direct the Willow TV series for Disney+.

Ironically, when the live-action Lilo & Stitch movie was first announced a couple of years ago, it was also said to be going direct to Disney+. Now that Chu has boarded the project, however, there is talk that it might be a full theatrical release instead. Mike Van Waes (The Crooked Man) wrote the original draft of the script but the studio is now in search of a screenwriter to help Chu with potential rewrites. One of the biggest challenges facing this project is attempting to pull off a photorealistic CG version of Stitch (there were some amusing fake images floating around the web last year). Either way, it has the potential to be one of the more offbeat live-action Disney retreads to date. Would you watch a live-action version of Lilo & Stitch?