2002's Beloved 87%-Rated Animated Movie Is Getting a Live-Action Adaptation & We're Scared

2002's Beloved 87%-Rated Animated Movie Is Getting a Live-Action Adaptation & We're Scared
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Our favorite animated film is getting a second life, but we’re afraid to be excited.


  • 2002’s animated movie Lilo & Stitch became widely popular, earning an Oscar nomination and praise from critics.
  • The rumors of a live-action remake have been circulating since 2018, but there has been no news on the project.
  • Today, the live-action Lilo & Stitch is in active development, and there are photos and videos from the set online.

Lately, Hollywood hasn’t been exactly keen on original stories. Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of available content, the audience is more willing to opt for remakes and franchises, and that’s what studios are producing. Live-action remakes of classic animated movies have become one of the most guaranteed ways to rake up a great box office haul, even though they’re often getting mixed reaction review-wise.

Another fan-favorite animated movie is heading for the conveyor belt, and while we’re somewhat excited to see it get a second life, it’s too early to sing praise to it.

Lilo & Stitch to Receive a Live-Action Remake

Amid the surgance of live-action remakes, it’s easy to miss another announcement — but this one traces back several years. The first rumors of a live-action Lilo & Stitch movie appeared in 2018, but for the longest time, there hasn’t been any official news about the project, and most fans thought it had died off in a pre-production hell.

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But the movie is still out there, and it’s now in production. There are pictures from the set and even a video suggesting that the live-action Lilo & Stitch is in active development. Few details are known so far, but the cast is all set, and we’re pretty positive the remake will portray the start of Lilo and Stitch’s friendship, following in the footsteps of the original 2002 movie.

Lilo & Stitch Is Beloved by Fans Worldwide

Disney ’s original animated Lilo & Stitch was released over twenty years ago in 2002. The movie followed a young parentless girl who found a weird “dog” and took it home, unaware that it wasn’t a dog at all: her new friend was a highly intelligent and potentially dangerous alien experiment hunted by half the Galaxy.

At the time of writing, the 2002’s Lilo & Stitch has a great 87% Critic Score on Rotten Tomatoes and a slightly lower 77% Audience Score. The animated movie was nominated for an Oscar and is largely beloved to this day by fans all over the world, having spawned a TV show following the iconic duo’s adventures.

The upcoming live-action remake better shoot for the stars, because it will be hard to match the original’s success, and we’ve seen one too many remakes lately that failed to do so.