Dean Fleischer Camp Will Direct the Upcoming Lilo & Stitch Movie

Dean Fleischer Camp, the filmmaker behind Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, is joining Disney. The 40-year-old director has been hired to make the live-action Lilo & Stitch movie.

New Lilo & Stitch Director, Dean Fleischer Camp
Lilo & Stitch Was Greenlit Years Ago

The film has been in development since 2018 with Mike Van Waes writing the screenplay. Lilo & Stitch is produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich while Ryan Halprin is the executive producer.

The only piece of information regarding the cast is that Chris Sanders will voice Stitch, Lilo’s alien friend. Both critics and movie aficionados are eager to learn more about the actors who will portray the Pelekai sisters.

Chris Sanders

Lilo & Stitch‘s animated version was released in 2002 and although it wasn’t a massive success by contemporary box office standards, the movie has been described as a bright light in Disney’s down period. Gathering a considerable fanbase, it prompted Disney to launch several direct-to-video sequels, as well as TV series.

It Tells a Beautiful Story

The film takes place in Hawaii and tells the story of the bond between a lonely human girl, Lilo, and a dog-like alien named Stitch, who is engineered to be an extremely dangerous weapon. The two unlikely friends must keep each other safe from pursuing aliens and social workers.

Lilo and Stitch

Lilo & Stitch tackles various important topics, which are relevant to this day – such as friendship, family bonds, acceptance, diversity, compassion, etc. It’s no wonder that Disney executives made the decision to reboot the franchise with a live-action version of the story.

Filming will take place in Hawaii and was supposed to start in 2020 but was delayed. It’s also unclear whether Disney will opt for a theatrical or streaming release. However, one thing is certain, many of Lilo and Stitch’s fans are impatient to see them back in action.