Looks like we’ve been good this year, as we will be treated to a reboot of the Home Alone series just in time for the Christmas holiday season. Disney+ is all set to release Home Sweet Home Alone on 12 November and revive the 1990 holiday classic that featured Joe Pesci and Catherine O’Hara, and launched Macaulay Culkin’s career. The streaming platform also dropped a nearly two minute trailer for the new film on YouTube yesterday.
The movie will feature Archie Yates of Jojo Rabbit fame as Max Mercer. Mercer is accidentally left behind by his family who travel to Tokyo for the holidays and then must defend his house from robbers and partners in crime, played by Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney.
Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell of SNL wrote the screenplay for Home Sweet Home Alone with the help of the writer of the previous three Home Alone films, John Hughes. The film will be directed by Dan Mazer. The Christmas film will also feature Pete Holmes, Kenan Thompson, Chris Parnell, Tim Simons, Aisling Bea and Devin Ratray.
The film’s trailer met with mixed reactions from fans of the classic franchise, with some pointing to the many, many similarities between it and the trailer for the original 1990 film. The possibility of a direct reboot, with little or no innovation on the original formula, has left many fans feeling underwhelmed.
Sadly, the OG Kevin McCallister won’t be a part of the reboot, Culkin clarified in a tweet yesterday.