It seems like every day brings news that a movie classic close to our hearts is getting a reboot (ahem, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, we’re looking at you).
The latest? Everybody’s favourite Christmas movie, Home Alone.
Yep, Disney+ (a new streaming service set to launch Stateside in November, no word as to when it’ll be in the UK) announced that not only will Kevin and the gang be “reimagined for a new generation” but that they’ll be joined by new versions of Night At The Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Cheaper By The Dozen too. Don’t worry, it’s okay if you need a minute to let this all sink in.
At the moment Disney+ is keeping relatively quiet about the whole thing and hasn't revealed any further details (or a release date for any of the 20th Century Fox classics they’re recreating). But you can be sure that we’ll be keeping our beady eyes peeled.
Unsurprisingly, Twitter reacted to the news in typical outraged fashion. And, to be fair, we’re kind of on board. As the old saying goes “if it ain’t broke, why the hell are you recreating all our favourite movies?!”.
Some users whipped out infamous gifs from the movie to demonstrate their angst towards the idea of the McCallisters being tampered with:
Me waking up to the news that Disney are remaking Home Alone...— Siobhán Doyle (@thekickart) August 7, 2019
LEAVE HOME ALONE ALONE! pic.twitter.com/dun25Qpd6p
why would you even try to remake home alone it's a CLASSIC— emily (@emilyadeux) August 7, 2019
no thank you disney pic.twitter.com/1zjZeIW3m0
Others joked that thanks to modern day technology, this new version of Home Alone could actually be a pretty short film:
Act 1: "Did we leave Kevin at home?"— Chris Henken (@ChrisHenken) August 6, 2019
Also Act 1: "Yeah FaceTime him and make sure he's okay"
Several accused Disney of failing to have any new ideas and suggested they hire new writers:
Come on, Hollywood. Home Alone is a classic, get some new ideas. There's so many new script writers out there who can't get a break, with new stories, new voices. Sigh.— The Prosecco Diaries (@Sairey_bearey) August 7, 2019
Some general other disappointed fans:
Home Alone is a classic. Just leave it alone pic.twitter.com/LtFv4L5uY9— 🍀🌺 (@Aurelie_Salas) August 7, 2019
Don’t remake #HomeAlone, Macaulay Culkin’s is perfect! The new generation can watch the old ones, it’s not like it was an old sci-fi with shitty graphics, they don’t need a remake! Get some new ideas, Hollywood, DAMN 😩 pic.twitter.com/GeTBdgjwET— 🥀MixedChick❌❌🏨😈 (@AmesEST19xx) August 7, 2019
disney really has the audacity to reboot home alone and night at the museum??? pic.twitter.com/tEUMKop7HX— frank castle’s whore (@CAPTAlNVALKYRlE) August 7, 2019
Disney to remake Home Alone pic.twitter.com/c2uLjOeV66— Jimmy Floyd Hoobastank (@TheRealPiss) August 7, 2019
However, there was one way that hardcore fans of the original Home Alone indicated they could be on board with a remake... and that was if it included Macaulay Culkin, star of the 1990 version of the movie, as a character:
Disney is planning on doing a remake of Home Alone for Disney+.— James Rolls (@TheJamesRolls) August 6, 2019
Only way I'd be fine with it is if Macaulay Culkin plays the reboot dad.
Either way, and as much as we hate to admit it, we’ll probably still watch the reboot (if only so that we can join in with the Twitter brigade ranting about it afterwards).