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In an era of perpetual remakes and reboots, it should come as no surprise that Home Alone i s the latest to receive this treatment.
On Tuesday, streaming network Disney+ announced plans for a Home Alone reboot, starring Rob Delaney, Ellie Kemper and Archie Yates (a.k.a. the best part of Jojo Rabbit ).
It’s no secret the 1990 original and its 1992 sequel were massive hits, with the first film grossing $476.7 million worldwide.
It’s also no secret that the first film was basically perfect, with Macaulay Culkin in his most iconic role, and Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as the infamous pair of bumbling burglars who attempt to rob his family’s home when he is accidentally left behind during a Christmas vacation to Paris.
But here’s the thing: This “remake” doesn’t sound much like the original. According to The Hollywood Reporter , this story follows “a wife (Kemper) and husband (Delaney) who, in order to save their home from financial ruin, go to war with a kid (Yates) who has stolen a priceless heirloom.”
Sounds, uh, entirely different. Not only that, but the film will have a different title and Yates’s character will not be named Kevin McCallister.
If you’re wondering why it’s being referred to as a reboot at all, then, don’t fret. Disney+ would prefer you call it a “reimagining,” a batch of which the network has planned to dole out over the next couple of years. It’s a clever interim strategy as they wait for the means to pump nostalgia directly into the veins of an audience.
Until then, we’ll wave goodbye to our favourite family classics.
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