Disney has announced that it is to remake Home Alone, almost three decades after the original version hit cinemas. Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, said the film would be revived as a result of the company’s $71.3 billion (£58.7bn) acquisition in March of 20th Century Fox, which made the Macaulay Culkin original.
Mr Iger said Disney was “focused on leveraging Fox’s vast library of great titles to further enrich the content mix”, adding that his company planned to remake popular Fox films including Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Cheaper by the Dozen for "a new generation."
The news was greeted with dismay by many fans of the original. Vice published an article headlined: “Disney Is Trying to Remake ‘Home Alone’ and Must Be Stopped”, and film executive Franklin Leonard tweeted: “Prayers up for the writers who have to solve the cell phone problem in a rebooted Home Alone.”
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One Twitter user remarked: “Just when I thought I couldn’t take any more this year, I learn that Disney wants to remake Home Alone.”
Another said: "Why ruin a classic?!"
Disney has provided no details about how or when the film will be remade, or who will be cast.
Culkin, now 38, began acting when he was four but has in recent years maintained a low profile, officially taking a break in 1994 and in the intervening years focusing on his New York City-based band.
He did, however, jokingly tweet JK Rowling in September, asking her to write him a part in any wizarding film.
“I’m Macaulay Culkin (From Home Alone: The Movie) and I was also a Pagemaster (experienced with magic)…,” he tweeted, including his CV.
In December he reprised his Home Alone role in an advertisement for Google Assistant, shaving his face, jumping on the bed, and decorating the Christmas tree all while asking Google Assistant to set reminders for him. The advertisement soon went viral.
Culkin has yet to respond to the news of the Home Alone revival.
The first film became a $476 million worldwide box-office smash, and a staple of Christmas television. It spawned four sequels.
“Nobody wants this,” tweeted Sean Brett, host of a film trailer preview show.
“Want proof? There are four sequels to Home Alone that nobody cares about.”