In the age of reboots it was only a matter of time before one of the most well-known Christmas movies (yes, it is a Christmas movie) that turned into a franchise starring the unruly child who is left home by his parents, but pulls mischievous pranks against villainous thieves would make its way back to feature form.
As was revealed a while ago, the Home Alone brand would be returning — except this time making its way to Disney+. But would it be a straight remake or a complete overhaul? Well, as originally reported last August, it looks like it will follow a couple who goes to war against a kid who’s stolen something from them.
Observer has some extra details. According to them, the main kid’s name is Max, and “Max is being described as an energetic, witty nine-year-old boy with a mischievous side. He feels wise beyond his years and has the personality to easily converse with adults—plus the uncanny ability to relentlessly push their buttons. But, he also displays a sense of innocence and a kind heart much like the original protagonist.”
Furthermore, it is said that the studio is looking for a big name for the female lead, and in talks to direct is Borat writer Dan Mazer.
Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York are classics in which Macaulay Culkin, Daniel Stern, and Joe Pesci completely own their roles and create great entertainment for viewers. I knew there was a third film, but I will be honest, I actually had to Google to see how many there were in total and there are actually five… The 1990 and 1992 films, were followed by the third film in 1997 which moved away from the McCallister family and was about thieves trying to get a stolen computer chip through an airport which eventually ends up in a toy car that gets back to Alex Pruitt who is home sick from school and battles it out with the thieves. Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House came out in 2002 and was about Kevin McCallister who is now played by Mike Weinberg and is upset his parents are getting divorced. Long story short, he has to protect a prince from being abducted which is somehow connected to his father’s new girlfriend (yikes). Home Alone 5: Holiday Heist (since there needed to be another film) came out in 2012 and also does not focus on Kevin McCallister like Home Alone 3, but is about an 8-year-old who is home alone going against a couple thieves (pretty much the original plot).
Sooo, this reboot does not appear to be canon with Home Alone films 1, 2, and 4 and more along the lines of 3 and 5. Maybe this will turn in to more, but I think I will pass. The reason why reboots have been successful recently is not only for the nostalgia, but also connecting to characters from the originals, if not at least using them as Easter Eggs to pay homage to the series. This reboot currently appears as if it would be in lines of the less successful films in the bunch (which would be any outside of the first two).
What do you think? Do we need a new Home Alone film, or should the franchise take a rest? What would it take for you to watch a Home Alone reboot? I would consider it if maybe Culkin, Stern, or Pesci would return in some way (remember Culkin’s Google Ad?). Leave your thoughts in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!
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