Disney planning to create “Lilo & Stitch” TV series

“Lilo & Stitch,” the hit animated film with a Kaua’i setting made by Disney, is set to become a TV series that will appear on ABC TV.

Kaua’i film commissioner Judy Drosd said a video-only sequel to the film is on the way.

The sequel is being produced with the working title of “Stitch – The Movie” and is set to be released in 2003. The video-only film will serve as a bridge between the new TV series and hit movie now in theaters.

Disney Studios announced last week that the TV series will continue the story begun in “Lilo & Stitch,” focusing on the young girl and her older sister Nani, and be aired following the release of the video sequel. Watch for more of the alien “accidents” to arrive on Kaua’i in the video. The TV series will have Lilo and Stitch searching for the experimental aliens to turn their nature from bad to good.

Thomas Schumacher, president of Walt Disney Animation, said, “The characters and themes in ‘Lilo & Stitch’ have strongly connected with audiences – and that includes our own creative people at the studio. Writer-directors Chris Sanders’ and Dean DeBlois’ creation has inspired everyone, and we’re thrilled to pick up where the motion picture leaves off with these exciting, funny, and heartwarming extensions.”

The “Lilo & Stitch” TV series is scheduled to first air in Fall 2003 on the Disney Channel. The show will go on as many as 15 international Disney Channels and nearly 100 Disney-branded blocks of programming in 51 countries with a viewership of 600 million.

The “Lilo & Stitch” film is in its fourth week at Kukui Grove Cinema. Nationwide, the popular summer film has grossed over $110 million.

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