Everything We Know About The 'Home Alone' Remake
The film industry loves a festive remake - just look at 1994's much-loved Miracle on 34th Street, a rework of the 1947 original of the same name.
Not to mention all the big screen takes on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, from the 1951 British film version to 2009's computer animated edition, via Disney's classic starring The Muppets.
So it's no surprise that, having purchased 21st Century Fox, Disney are reimagining the 1990 smash, which made Macaulay Culkin a household name and earned a whopping $476.7 million, ranking number one at the box office for 12 weeks straight.
With its underdog story of a troublesome eight-year-old accidentally left home alone at Christmas, faced with defending his family home from burglars, the original captivated an entire generation of movie-goers.
There was a zip-wire escape. There was Harry (Joe Pesci) and his winking gold tooth. There was "Buzz, your girlfriend - WOOF!"
But with so much affection for the original, which launched a franchise of five movies, what would a remake look like?
Going by reports on Deadline, Home Alone is one of four popular films set to be 'reimagined' to coincide with the launch of their Disney+ streaming service. Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Cheaper by the Dozen will also be rebooted.
Disney+ will launch in the US on 12th November, currently set to cost $6.99 (£5.47) a month, before coming to the UK in March 31st 2020.
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The service contains a huge archive of Disney content dating back to 1930, with over 7,500 episodes and 500 films to watch in the first year. Viewers will also be able to watch Disney+ exclusives like The Mandalorian and The Lady and the Tramp live-action remake.
As to the plot of an updated Home Alone, The Observer reported that the film "will follow a husband and wife who go to war with a young boy, Max, who has stolen from them."
Max is said to be a mischievous nine-year-old boy who outsmarts the adults around him - much like Kevin McAlister then.
According to The Observer, 21st Century Fox are working towards a 2020 start date, with Dan Mazer (Who Is America?) tipped to direct a script co-written by Saturday Night Live's Mikey Day and Streeter Seidel. Hutch Parker (Logan) and Dan Wilson (Patriots Day) will produce.
Back in the summer, Macauley Culkin jokingly shared a picture of himself slumped on the sofa over a takeaway, saying "This is what an updated Home Alone would actually look like."
He added, "Hey @Disney, call me!"
Going by current speculation, it looks like that call didn't come in.
That may be a good thing - 39-year-old Macauley would've needed a much sturdier zip-wire.
Featured Image Credit: 21st Century Fox
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