Home Alone reboot: “why do it?”, asks original director

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Disney’s plan to bring a new take on Home Alone to the screen gets very little shrift from Chris Columbus, the director of the 1990 original.

You may already be aware of the fact that Disney has ordered a new take on 1990’s Home Alone for its Disney+ service. Had this year been a little more straightforward then it may have been ready for the service this Christmas. Instead, it looks like a festive 2021 release is likely.


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The new film will start Archie Yates, Rob Delaney and Ellie Kemper. The director of the first two movies though, Chris Columbus, is not too impressed by the plan.

Columbus, who’s promoting his new film The Christmas Chronicles 2, has been chatting to Insider, and shared his thoughts on the new Home Alone.

“Nobody got in touch with me about it”, he told the outlet, “and it’s a waste of time as far as I’m concerned”. Notwithstanding the fact that the second Home Alone movie is effectively a rerun of the first – something that Columbus readily admits – he added “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”.

I think we can put Columbus in the ‘not a fan of the idea’ column.

You can read the full interview, and it’s really interesting and well worth doing, right here.

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