The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Jon M. Chu is in negotiations with Disney to direct the live-action adaptation of Lilo & Stitch.
The synopsis for the 2002 animated original is as follows:
Lilo is a lonely Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly “dog,” whom she names Stitch. Stitch would be the perfect pet if he weren’t in reality a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and crash-landed on Earth. Through her love, faith and unwavering belief in ohana, the Hawaiian concept of family, Lilo helps unlock Stitch’s heart and gives him the ability to care for someone else.
The animated film made over $273m at the worldwide box office, as well as earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature. Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich will serve as producers on the project under their Rideback banner, with Ryan Halprin serving as executive producer under the Rideback banner. While Mike Van Waes has written the current draft for the project, a search for a new writer to polish it is underway.
It’s unclear whether or not this adaptation will be aimed for cinematic release of be aimed towards the Disney+ streaming service.