The Plot of the New ‘Home Alone’ Isn’t the Story You Know

When Disney announced they were rebooting the Home Alone franchise, many fans were fed up with the studio. Others were excited to see new life breathed into the series. Judging from what the studio has recently said about the film, it appears they are planning on heavily altering the plot of the original film. Here’s what we know about the upcoming reboot.

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‘Home Alone’: the original Christmas classic

The original Home Alone was released in 1990. It was about a precocious kid named Kevin McCallister who is accidentally left at his house during his family’s Christmas trip. Kevin finds it easy to function on his own, until his house is targeted by burglars. Although the film wasn’t a major critical hit. However, it was very popular with young audiences who appreciated it as a power fantasy, as it depicts a child who self-sufficient and able to outsmart adults.

For millions, Home Alone was one of the definitive films of their childhood. The very thought of it being remade, faithfully or unfaithfully, seems like cinematic blasphemy to many. Disney does not seem interested in retaining the original film’s story.

What Disney changed about the ‘Home Alone’ reboot

The Observer reported Kevin will be renamed “Max” in the reboot. Max is going to be more mischievous than Kevin. Rather than being the innocent target of criminals, Max steals from a husband and wife. The couple then decide to retaliate in a way that the studio has not yet specified.

The decision to make the antagonists of the film a married couple as opposed to a pair of male thieves is unexpected. Disney is supposedly looking for a well-known actress to play the female villain. Hopefully, this character will compare to the great Disney villainesses, like Cruella de Vil, the Queen of Hearts, and Lady Tremaine.

Who’s making the remake?

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The film might be worthy viewing for fans of Saturday Night Live as two of the show’s veteran writers – Mikey Day and Streeter Seidel – are going to script it. Dan Mazer, who co-wrote the Sacha Baron Cohen movies Borat, The Dictator, and Brüno, is slated to helm the film. This will be his first film geared towards a family audience.

Disney’s decision to get a well-known filmmaker to direct this film stands in stark contrast to the original movie. The director of the first Home Alone film was Chris Columbus. At that time, Columbus had yet to direct a major Hollywood production and was mostly known for writing the script for Gremlins.

Macaulay Culkin reacts

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While many fans of the original film were upset by Disney’s decision to remake it, Macaulay Culkin had a more ambiguous reaction. Culkin starred in the original Home Alone and became one of the most famous child actors of all time because of it. Rather than criticize or praise Disney’s decision, he tweeted out an unflattering image of himself eating on his couch with the caption “This is what an updated Home Alone would actually look like.” He joked “Hey Disney, call me!”

The new version of Home Alone might live up to the original. It could instead serve as an insult to the first film’s legacy. Either way, the world will just have to wait and see.