Marcel the Shell Director Surfs to Lilo & Stitch Remake

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On has made quite the impression with audiences. Following an opening weekend with a solid 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (The score has since dropped to 99%, but still an impressive score), director Dean Fleischer-Camp has scored into the Disney club! According to Deadline, Camp is now set to direct the live-action remake of the sci-fi family classic Lilo & Stitch!

The Lilo and Stitch remake will be produced by Dan Lin (The Lego Movie) and Jonathan Eirich (2019’s Aladdin). Ryan Halprin (The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part) is executive producing. According to Deadline, Chris Kekaniokalani Bright is in negotiations to write a script, though Mike Van Waes has written a previous draft. As of now, it is unclear if the film will premier in theaters or on Disney+.

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Lilo & Stitch is a film that has continued to inspire and delight audiences since its 2002 release. The movie, set in Hawaii, follows an outcast little girl who adopts a strange-looking dog. The dog ends up being a runaway alien, Experiment 626, created solely for destruction! As Stitch the alien dodges and outwits the galactic officers bent on bringing him in, he grows a strong relationship with the orphan girl Lilo as she struggles to fit in and keep a relationship with her overwhelmed sister and caretaker Nani. The film was directed and written by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois. The film was a smash hit with audiences and critics alike, scoring two different direct-to-video sequels!

In 2003 there was Stitch! The Movie, which was a pilot for the upcoming Lilo & Stitch: The Series. The show ran for 65 episodes and followed the galactic Ohana as they tracked down the rest of Stitch’s alien “cousins” (Experiments 1-625). The show ended with the 2006 direct-to-television film, Leroy & Stitch. In 2005, a second sequel was released that was separate from the series titled Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch.

In 2008, the anime Stitch! premiered, produced by Madhouse. The series served as a spinoff from the Lilo & Stitch series and took place in the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan. The anime ran for 29 episodes, from 2008 until 2011, and continued with additional specials in 2012 and 2015. In 2017, Stitch’s adventures continued in China with Stitch & Ai. This series had Stitch coming to the Huangshan mountains. The show ran for 13 episodes, available on Disney Channel Asia and on the DisneyNow streaming service, but was removed in 2019.

Stitch is one of Disney’s most unforgettable faces. With the franchise having consistent additions, releases, and merchandise, this little blue alien is still kicking hard! For the remake, having a director like Camp on board feels more than fitting. Stitch and Marcel seem to have similar wants and needs; they’re both little guys in a big world and just want a family that loves them. We’ll see what Camp brings to the table as the film continues development!