Disney is rebooting Home Alone, and we’re low-key worried they'll mess up our fave Christmas movie
Our jaws are dropped and we’re grasping our faces in our hands. Disney is reportedly making a Home Alone reboot movie, and there’s a lot of emotional baggage to unpack here. On Walt Disney Company’s August 6th conference call, Disney head Bob Iger made the official announcement that Home Alone would be getting a fresh update for the company’s streaming service, Disney+. And when Iger declares all systems go on a project, you better believe it’s actually happening.
For those of you who haven’t yet peeped the original 1990 Home Alone starring Macaulay Culkin (which is bonkers if you haven’t, btw), the film is about a boy who is mistakenly left behind by his family who travel out of town for Christmas. During his time spent home alone, young Kevin McCallister must outsmart two bumbling burglars, resulting in some hilarious slapstick moments that still make us LOL today.
Though Iger did not mention anything about potential casting choices or a release date, he did say he wanted to make the reboot “for a new generation.”
Will Kevin McCallister have an iPhone? Probably. Is the McCallister household going to have a high-tech, HD-camera security system? Yeah, we think so. Is he going to throw a Project X-inspired house party when he realizes he’s been left behind? Isn’t that what all kids in the movies do these days?
Home Alone—which was the highest-grossing live-action comedy in the U.S. until it was displaced by The Hangover Part II in 2011, according to ET Online—did get a sequel in 1992 (Home Alone 2: Lost in New York), and two much-less-beloved, Culkin-free iterations in 1997 and 2004. Still, the original remains a Christmas classic, so obviously, the public has some major thoughts about Iger’s decision to modernize the film.
Some say if the original Home Alone isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
This is exactly what we’re picturing the film will be like.
As you can see, the general consensus is that Home Alone should be left as is and Disney should focus on creating new original content.
If you want to be even more upset, Disney announced during that same conference call that the Home Alone reboot will be joined by reboots of Night at the Museum, Cheaper By the Dozen, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
As much as we’re crossing our fingers this Home Alone reboot could be good, Disney, we’re pretty afraid that you could also ruin our childhoods. Christmas will never be the same knowing there’s an imposter Home Alone running amok on a streaming service.