There’s a sixth Home Alone movie heading to Disney+ – and the original film’s director, Chris Columbus, doesn’t sound too happy about it…
The new film is serving as more of a reimagining – as opposed to a straighforward remake – in an effort to reboot the franchise following a number of direct-to-home-entertainment releases. Home alone this time is young Jojo Rabbit actor Archie Yates (who you may remember as Jojo’s buddy, who delivered the line, “It’s definitely not a good time to be a Nazi”), facing a wife and husband who, in order to save their home from financial ruin, are after a priceless heirloom that he has stolen. Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Rob Delaney (Catastrophe, Deadpool 2) will star as the couple.
“What’s the point?” says Columbus, who’s been quite upfront regarding what he thinks about the reboot. Talking to Insider while promoting his upcoming Netflix sequel The Christmas Chronicles 2, Columbus had the following to say:
“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.”
It’s certainly the kind of opinion that many have when hearing of a re-boot/make/imagining of properties they’re close to or love. For what it’s worth, I’ve always been of the opinion that the original film will always still be there if you love it, something that a new film doesn’t have to affect. Don’t ruin my childhood! … please. And hey, if the new film rocks, then you now have two great movies tackling the same base material!
Regardless, while Columbus may have a point with his opinion on the futility of “paint-by-the-numbers” redos that Disney has put out of their animated films, Disney’s revenue for those films suggest that’s all the reason they need. With Home Alone, it at least sounds like Disney wants to make it stand somewhat apart. Guess we’ll see.
The new Home Alone is being directed by Dan Mazer, whose directing credits include I Give It a Year, Dirty Grandpa, and Sacha Baron Cohen series Who is America?. He earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing Baron Cohen’s first Borat.
Production on the new Home Alone, which will also be starring Kenan Thompson, Ally Maki And Chris Parnell, is currently on hold due to the pandemic.