Zach Galifianakis Will Star in a Live-Action Adaptation of “Lilo & Stitch” for Disney+

A potent team of funny filmmakers is combining to adapt a beloved animated film into a live-action romp. The always game (and painfully funny) Zach Galifianakis is teaming with director Dean Fleischer Camp, the filmmaker behind the little indie film that could, Marcl the Shell With Shoes On, to remake Disney’s 2002 Lilo & Stitch as a live-action movie. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story.

Lilo & Stitch tracks the story of a very lonely little girl named Lilo living in Hawaii. Her life changes when she meets an alien named Stitch, a cuddly, friendly extraterrestrial that has the lovable loyalty and spirit of a dog. The problem is that Stitch is the source of some unwanted attention (from other aliens, social workers, etcetera), and Lilo and Stitch need to bond together to create their own unique family and protect each other. The result was an animated film that marched to the unusual beat of its own drummer and slowly but surely built up an audience as loyal as Stitch.

Galifianakis would seem an ideal candidate to voice or embody the digital creation that will inevitably be Stitch, but details about his role are being kept on a short leash. Casting is currently underway for Lilo. The adapted screenplay comes from Chris Kekaniokalani. The original animated film came from How to Train Your Dragon creators Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders. DeBlois is currently setting off to turn How to Train Your Dragon into a live-action film for Universal.

Galifianakis will next appear alongside Elizabeth Banks in The Beanie Bubble for Apple TV about the 1990s toy craze, and in director Susanna Fogel’s film Winner, about whistleblower Reality Winner.

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Featured image: NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 07: Actor Zach Galifianakis attends the “Missing Link” New York Premiere at Regal Cinema Battery Park on April 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)


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