The 20th Century Studios movie, “Home Alone” is celebrating its 30th anniversary this holiday season and today, Disney re-added the first three Home Alone movies onto Disney+ in the United States (Canada also got the fourth and fifth movies today too).
A new Home Alone movie is currently in production and will be a Disney+ exclusive, but this hasn’t gone down too well with the director of the first film, Chris Columbus.
In a recent interview with Insider , he was asked “Are you involved at all with what Disney Plus is doing with their “Home Alone” remake?”. Here’s his reply:
No, nobody got in touch with me about it, and it’s a waste of time as far as I’m concerned. What’s the point? I’m a firm believer that you don’t remake films that have had the longevity of “Home Alone.” You’re not going to create lightning in a bottle again. It’s just not going to happen. So why do it? It’s like doing a paint-by-numbers version of a Disney animated film — a live-action version of that. What’s the point? It’s been done. Do your own thing. Even if you fail miserably, at least you have come up with something original.
I can even be accused of it myself, with “Home Alone 2.” That movie is basically a remake of the first “Home Alone.” Does it need to exist? Yes, because some of those stunts make me laugh really hard, but I just don’t believe it should be done. There’s going to be a “Stoned Alone” with Ryan Reynolds. God only knows what that will be — a stoner version of “Home Alone?” (This was in development at Fox before it merged with Disney.) Listen, have fun. I just feel, do something new. Life is short.
Both the original “Home Alone” and its sequel, both starring Macaulay Culkin has been a massive success, which is why 20th Century Fox made a third sequel, with Disney also making two more sequels, before they purchased 20th Century Fox.
The upcoming Disney+ remake stars Archie Yates (JoJo Rabbit) as the main character Max, who has stolen a porcelain doll from Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2) and Ellie Kemper (The Office). Also set to appear in the new Home Alone film are Aisling Bea (This Way Up), Pete Holmes (Don’t Think Twice), Timothy Simons (Veep), and Mikey Day (Saturday Night Live). Dirty Grandpa director Dan Mazer is set to direct the Disney+ reboot and Saturday Night Live writers Mikey Day and Streeter Seidel are writing the script.
“Home Alone” is available now on Disney+.
Chris’s comments, echoes the feeling of many fans of the original “Home Alone” movie when the Disney+ reboot was announced but what do you think of Disney making another “Home Alone” movie?