It’s a very interesting time in Hollywood right now. The Age of Heroes is dominating the box office, but right behind that is a cavalcade of nostalgia fueled remake of childhood classics. Disney is the king of these, making live action interpretations of their animated films we all grew up watching. Now, thanks to their purchase of Fox and its properties, Disney is looking to bring a new batch of remakes to their upcoming Disney+ streaming service – including Home Alone.
Disney CEO, Bob Iger, announced during a conference call that Disney will be ‘reimagining’ several beloved films for their streaming service that is set to debut in November. At the top of that list is the 90’s Christmas phenomenon, Home Alone. The film that gave us the everlasting gift that is Macaulay Culkin and some of the best home defense ideas ever is set to be remade, along with Night at the Museum, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Diary of a Wimpy Kid recently got a soft reboot, but it failed to garner any real attention. Cheaper by the Dozen has already be remade once, as the first version came out in 1950, with Steve Martin leading a remake in 2003.
There are no casting details, or even any details really, about these upcoming films, but it looks like Disney has big plans lined up for their streaming service, even though they have a price point that is basically half of the biggest streaming service, Netflix (Disney+ will be $6.99 a month). One would be remiss to have some reservations about all these remakes, however. It does feel like Hollywood has run out of ideas, and would much rather cash in on nostalgia dollars rather than risking a new idea. It is hard to argue with the low risk, high reward system of these reboots, though.
Disney’s reboots alone are raking in billions of dollars and have been more successful than just about all the original films hitting theaters. So, buckle up, because it looks like the nostalgia train is moving forward full steam ahead.
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