Disney Is Remaking Home Alone for Its New Disney+ Streaming Service (and People Are Not Happy)
This year alone, Disney had already remade The Lion King, Aladdin, and Dumbo as live-action releases, and remakes of Mulan, The Little Mermaid, and Lady and the Tramp are on the horizon. In March, Disney closed a $71 billion deal and acquired 20th Century Fox’s assets, too. They'll be putting those assets to good use beginning November 12, which is when the company will launch its first streaming service, Disney+. The service will eventually include 7500 TV episodes and 400 movies from both Disney and Fox, and now the company is set on remaking other beloved classics specifically for its streaming audiences.
Deadline reports that the service will remake Home Alone, Fox's beloved 1990 megahit that grossed more than $400 million worldwide (and spawned a handful of sequels). Disney hasn’t stated what shape the remake will take—Will it be a TV show? Who will star?—but Disney CEO Bob Iger said it will be "reimagined" for "a new generation."
The streaming service will also reboot Fox’s Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper By the Dozen. Iger has high hopes for his “all-new development slate,” and he’s confident that “we’re going to be able to turn around the fortunes of Fox live action.”
But Home Alone fans aren’t happy about the news. Deadline readers left comments like, “Leave Home Alone alone,” “Looking forward to a Die Hard reboot starring Cole Sprouse,” and “There isn’t an original idea in Hollywood.” Meanwhile, Vice wrote about how the remake “must be stopped,” and Jezebel pointed out that with the advent of new technology, it’d be nearly impossible to remake Home Alone in 2019.
Even Dictionary.com got in on the conversation, tweeting out the definition of blasphemy.
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) August 7, 2019
Macaulay Culkin has also weighed in on the development, offering up his version of what Home Alone would look like in 2019, and suggesting that Disney give him a call.
This is what an updated Home Alone would actually look like. pic.twitter.com/sGj86933LA
— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) August 7, 2019