It’s official. Hollywood has run out of ideas. Because after remake after remake after remake, yet another iconic movie is being, well, remade. And this one has some fans feeling pretty peeved. Oh, and Home Alone (yes, you read that right) is just one of a handful of movies Disney has decided to reimagine.
During an call with investors on Tuesday, Disney’s chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that the studio is developing “reimaginations” of some of the family-friendly hits it acquired after Disney purchased 20th Century Fox. Aside from Home Alone, the other movies in question are Night At the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Cheaper By the Dozen. It’s all happening on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, which launches in the U.S. in November (and presumably in Canada). “So far this year we’ve released five of the top six movies,” Iger said in the conference call, according to BBC News. “Including four which have generated more than a billion dollars in global box office.” He added that in addition to the Avatar, Planet of the Apes, X-Men and Deadpool franchises, Disney is “also focused on leveraging Fox’s vast library of great titles to further enrich the content mix on our … platforms.”
Bu-bu-but, Home Alone. HOME FREAKING ALONE. The Christmas classic, which was originally released in 1990 and can be found just about any time on any channel during the holidays, can’t be redone. Literally. While the original and its 1992 sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, were successful, the magic was attempted with Home Alone 3 — but with a different cast so, no. Then two TV sequels were made and they also bombed. Disney says it hopes the remake will have the “same standards and the same creative discipline” as the original.
Let’s be serious, though. No matter how wide a net the casting department sets out, no one can or will capture what Macaulay Culkin did. And the Internet feels the same way — not just about Home Alone but all the remakes Disney is aspiring to do.
leave home ALONE 😒
— z (fan account) (@sippinaritea) August 6, 2019
Re-making The Night at the Museum? As if the original one was a black and white movie, starring Buster Keaton ?
— Raw man (@choibolsan) August 7, 2019
why would anyone want a cheaper by the dozen remake when the one with hilary duff is superior
— don (@Y0URLOCALDAD) August 7, 2019
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Juuls
— scorpia is my best friend (@RATKlNS) August 6, 2019
The Home Alone remake is going to be a 1 minute short film. The parents realize they left their kid home alone and then call him on this cell phone and find out he is fine.
— Guest DosmRider (@CaptainDosm) August 6, 2019
Iger also mentioned in the call that audiences can continue to look forward to former-Fox, now-Disney films like Ad Astra, where Brad Pitt is an astronaut searching the solar system for his father; Ford v Ferrari starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale; the Amy Adams mystery The Woman in the Window, based on the novel by A.J. Finn; and Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated West Side Story.
All that being said, Disney has proven it has the chops to rework classics into successful new films. All you need to do is look at the live-action remakes of their animated library to know they have what it takes to hopefully do things justice. But, come on. Home Alone? It should be left alone.