During Disney’s earnings call back in August, CEO Bob Iger revealed that Fox properties Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Home Alone and Cheaper by the Dozen would be rebooted for the studio’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+. Now, thanks to a report some details on one of the projects has surfaced.
According to Observer, Dirty Grandpa director Dan Mazer is in talks to direct the reboot, with Saturday Night Live veterans Mikey Day and Streeter Seidel writing the script. Hutch Parker (Logan) and Dan Wilson (Patriots Day) are producing, with the studio looking to begin filming next February.
The site also shared a synopsis for the film which will focus on a new family and not the McAllisters featured in the first two Home Alone films.
The new Home Alone film will follow a husband and wife who go to war with a young boy, Max, who has stolen from them. Max is an energetic, witty nine-year-old boy with a mischievous side. He feels wise beyond his years and has the personality to easily converse with adults—plus the uncanny ability to relentlessly push their buttons. But, he also displays a sense of innocence and a kind heart, much like the original protagonist.
Reports that Melissa McCarthy and Will Ferrell were circling the project surfaced late last year, but that was before the Disney/Fox merger, so it is unclear if they are still being looked at by the studio.
Released in 1990, Home Alone starred Macaulay Culkin as 8-year-old Kevin McAllister as he protects his house from a pair of burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern after he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. The film would go on to gross over $475 million at the global box office and would spawn a sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, with the cast of the first film returning. Three more sequels have since followed, but they wouldn’t catch the magic of the first two films.
Disney+ launches on November 12, 2019.