Disney to remake Home Alone for streaming service, to be bundled with Hulu and ESPN+

When I was growing up, one of my family’s Christmas-centric traditions was to go out for dinner and head to the movies on Christmas Eve. While I can’t remember every single movie we saw on one of those trips, I vividly remember going to see Hook, Jumanji, Home Alone, and Home Alone 2. I loved all of them, HA2 slightly less than the others, but Tim Curry was in it, so, for me, his presence made up for all its flaws. (What a simpler time that was, at least to my pre-teen self.) While I’ve only seen Jumanji again more recently than not, I’m always going to think of all of those movies fondly, never mind that they might not be considered “cinematic triumphs.” Disney apparently loves Home Alone, too, because it is going to remake the film as one of the offerings on its streaming service, Disney+, which is going to launch in November:

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal — a Disney remake of “Home Alone” is on its way.

In a conference call with investors, Disney CEO Bob Iger said the company would be “reimagining” the 1990s Christmas classic film for its long-awaited streaming service, Disney+, along with “Night at the Museum,” “Cheaper by the Dozen” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

In March, Disney acquired most 21st Century Fox assets following a $71 billion deal — including several film franchises.

“Home Alone,” which was released in 1990 and starred Macaulay Culkin, has an audience rating of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.5 rating on IMDb.

Disney has provided no details about how or when the film will be remade, or who will be cast.

“We are also focused on leveraging Fox’s vast library of great titles to further enrich the content mix on our… platforms — for example, reimagining ‘Home Alone,’ ‘Night at the Museum,’ ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ and ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ for a new generation on Disney+,” Iger told investors on Tuesday.

[From CNN]

I’m more than tired of remakes and wish that studios would leave well enough (or not) alone, but I can understand that Disney wants to leverage all of the popular, beloved films and shows that it now owns in order to make more money. I remember being excited when the company announced its streaming service in 2017, because it meant that subscribers might be able to see animated movies that were “locked in the vault” and released on a very strict rotating schedule, along with maybe some of its TV movies that aren’t aired anymore. (I don’t care how ridiculously cheesy it is, I will always love Mr. Boogedy; Kristy Swanson, the original Buffy, is in it, as are John Astin and David Faustino. When I first saw it as a child, it scared the heck out of me.)

In the interim, Disney has continued to add to its holdings. (Is there anything the company doesn’t own now?) Yesterday, the company delivered another blow to its competitors when it announced that a bundle of its streaming services, Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu, would cost $12.99 per month, which means that it will cost less or about the same as other streaming services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. I’m worried that eventually the shift to streaming isn’t going to save customers a lot of money (assuming that companies continue to raise their prices). I still remember paying one low price for the Netflix mail and streaming bundle. For now, $12.99 for the three services from Disney looks great, so I suppose that I’ll be one of those folks ready on November 12 to start handing over my money. (I’m surprised they aren’t waiting a week until Mickey’s birthday on November 18.)

Update by Celebitchy: Here’s Macaulay Culkin’s tweet about this!



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  1. Becks1 says:

    Ugh to the streaming services. But, I get why companies are doing this. I find them overwhelming and they do add up, cost-wise, but I’m still going to get Disney+ because we need Disney movies in our lives, lol. (I’m hoping for Sleeping Beauty.)

  2. Ariel says:

    The best part of the home alone reboot news was M Culkin tweeting or instagramming a picture of himself on his couch, noting that’s what a reboot would look like. Very funny.

  3. Actual Denny Lsu says:

    Remakes no. Reboots yes.

    • Mia4s says:

      *whispers* They’re usually the same thing. And they both tend to suck.

      “Reboot” is just a corporate speak word Hollywood came up with to try and hide the fact that they are creatively bankrupt. At best it’s: look here are some of the old actors as we tell essentially the same story. It’s sooooooo boring.

      Mr. Boogedy!! @Quimby we might be soulmates!

      • jg11364@yahoo.com says:

        Speaking of reboots did anyone watch BH90210 WTF was that shit show? I was embarrassed for them.

      • L84Tea says:

        Mr. Boogedy was my jam in the 80’s!

      • whatWHAT? says:

        @jg11364, that’s hilarious because I actually enjoyed it. lol

        I thought that Tori Spelling was FRIGHTENINGLY self-aware, and self deprecating…she actually came off as likable. And Jennie Garth cracked me up with her constant snark. but the references to some of the episodes combined with references to their lives today…eh, I thought it was watchable.

  4. NaomiPaige99 says:

    Why on earth do they keep rebooting movies? Can’t they come up with any new movies/shows? WTF???

  5. Eliza says:

    There’s only 1 home alone. It still holds up pretty well, except the women’s fashion, and was so perfect. A remake is stupid. I can see a film in the same vein, but don’t try to remake Home Alone. It’s perfectly 90s and can’t be made the same today.

    On the second topic, I read a headline the other day that read “Disrupting the disrupter” and I think that’s a perfect description of Disney+ and Netflix. Disney+ is going to eat it alive. I wonder what company will disrupt Amazon, it’s only a matter of time.

    • Valerie says:

      Excuse me, Kate’s fashion was amazing. 😉 Seriously, I thought her outfits in the first were gorgeous. She’s supposed to be a designer and you can tell by what she wore! The rest of them have 1990 written all over them, haha. Especially Leslie.

  6. 10KTurtle says:

    Is it being remade as a modern day movie or are they keeping it set in the early 1990’s? I don’t know how it could be updated. Home Alone 2019: Kevin wakes up at home alone, calls his mom on her cellphone, she goes back to get him, the end. Or: Kevin’s mom isn’t ridiculed and ignored by the police for asking them to check on her accidentally abandoned minor/child.

    • Esmom says:

      Exactly. It won’t work in this day and age.

      Not to mention the original is perfect. Mac was so damn cute. Definitely at the top of my kids’ list of favorite movies. We even went and saw the house one time after my sister moved not too far away from it, lol.

    • Becks1 says:

      Right? I was thinking the same thing. At a bare minimum, they would text each other and she could tell him to go to the police or something. I don’t see how it would work in 2019.

    • Eliza says:

      The 3rd act isn’t burglars, it’s child protective services and they’re in court trying to win back custody.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      it’s funny how many movies would TOTALLY lose their plot (or, at least, important plot points) with today’s technology.

  7. Emily says:

    I don’t need to read more than the headline. Remaking this is a stupid awful idea. That movie is a classic. And how could it even happen today with cellphones and tight airport security. Ridiculous.

    • L84Tea says:

      I agree. This is definitely one that needs to be left alone. I do not believe for a second that another kid could capture the role of Kevin in the way that Macaulay Culkin did. Same for the wet bandits! It just cannot be done.

  8. CFY says:

    Mr Boogedy scared the heck out of me as a kid. Boogedy boogedy boo! I’m really hoping some old Disney cartoons make it on Disney+, like OG Duck Tales, Tale Spin, Rescue Rangers, Gummi Bears, etc.

  9. Adorable says:

    I’m convinced Disney is on a personal mission to ruin my Childhood.First The lion king & now this….WTF??

  10. Grant says:

    Sorry, unpopular opinion but HA2 > HA.

    • Valerie says:

      I can’t choose. I know I now hate Kate’s hair in the second one. At the time, I tried to style my bangs like hers, lmao.

  11. Ann says:

    This one pisses me off. Is nothing sacred anymore?? It’s bad enough that trump has tainted an otherwise perfect 90s classic. Now Disney has to come in and wave it’s magic wand of faux wholesomeness? Disney now owns Fox and if they come for The Simpsons it’s going to be full on boycott of the House of Mouse.

  12. Thea says:

    I love HA and HA2 (but I hate the trump cameo). Yeah, I don’t get how it would work with today’s technology – cells phones, computers, cameras, etc.