Prepare to have your childhoods torn apart, Disney is working on a Home Alone reboot. As Christmas movies go, they don’t come much better than Chris Columbus’ Home Alone, so why would anyone try and tarnish that legendary legacy?
The 1990 holiday classic featured Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister and was a fun-filled family romp. When Kevin’s family accidentally leave him behind and go on vacation, he’s forced to protect his home from the Wet Bandits — brilliantly played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.
If the first movie wasn’t enough for you, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was arguably better as it brought back the original cast (alongside an iconic performance from Tim Curry) and took the action to the Big Apple. Sadly, things went downhill from there with another three, YES THREE, Home Alone movies that featured different stories.
According to Deadline, the recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox by the House of Mouse has led to a number of franchise reboots. Alongside Night at the Museum and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Home Alone is getting a facelift from Disney. Let’s remember we’ve been here before though.
Anyone who’s seen 2002’s Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House will know exactly what I’m talking about. The truly abysmal movie brought back the McCallister family for another home invasion. It could’ve worked, except the low-budget movie featured a new cast of actors playing the characters. Don’t even get me started on 3rd Rock from the Sun‘s French Stewart playing Marv.
In case you hadn’t guessed, I’m not the only one who’s pretty p*ssed at the announcement. The Twitterverse shared its angry views on the whole sordid affair.
Things you should not touch.— VUC (@vuc9) August 7, 2019
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Remaking Home Alone
Home Alone remake? Do not mess with a masterpiece! pic.twitter.com/NJB4H0bABz— David Patterson (@DPatz13) August 7, 2019
DO NOT remake home alone or it’s on sight pic.twitter.com/1hoe6qv49h— hailey (@haileekq) August 7, 2019
A Home Alone remake? pic.twitter.com/l6usFAm2FY— Luis (@MASSEFFECTfan_X) August 7, 2019
Disney Exec: WE NEED MORE CONTENT FOR DISNEY+— Sushijoe (@SushijoeKO) August 7, 2019
Bob Iger: LETS REMAKE HOME ALONE AND OTHER FOX MOVIES CAUSE WE CAN!
disney really has the audacity to reboot home alone and night at the museum??? pic.twitter.com/tEUMKop7HX— frank castle’s whore (@CAPTAlNVALKYRlE) August 7, 2019
"Disney to remake Home Alone" pic.twitter.com/H07CbDPV9Y— Neil MacQuarrie (@indiecisiveblog) August 7, 2019
Last I heard about Home Alone, Ryan Reynolds was planning an R-rated reboot of his own. The Deadpool lead wanted to produce a stoner comedy where a pair of burglars break into a man’s home while he’s high as a kite. He’d even picked the title of Stoned Alone — hardly fitting with Disney’s wholesome image.
What’s worse, the ‘new’ Home Alone won’t even get a theatrical release and is instead being farmed out to the upcoming Disney+ service. In 2012, ABC’s direct-to-tv Home Alone: The Holiday Heist represented the very worst the franchise had to offer.
Personally, I’m not sure whether I’d prefer Reynolds’ version or Disney desecrating another whimsical classic like it did with Dumbo.
[Featured Image: 20th Century Fox]