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Everything We Know About The 'Home Alone' Remake

Everything We Know About The 'Home Alone' Remake

Get ready, ya filthy animals. A Disney-Fox reboot of Home Alone is in the works.

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.

The story of a troublesome 8-year-old accidentally left home alone captivated movie-goers (Credit: 21st Century Fox)
The story of a troublesome 8-year-old accidentally left home alone captivated movie-goers (Credit: 21st Century Fox)
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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?

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New lead Max is said to be a mischievous nine-year-old boy - much like Kevin (Credit: 21st Century Fox)
New lead Max is said to be a mischievous nine-year-old boy - much like Kevin (Credit: 21st Century Fox)

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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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.

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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.

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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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Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.