Home Alone director criticises new movie and Hollywood remakes

Barbara Merkley

Original Home Alone director Chris Columbus has criticised the upcoming reboot, as well as Hollywood remakes in general.

The latest entry into the Christmas franchise, Home Sweet Home Alone, is set to hit Disney+ later this week – though it looks like one person who won’t be watching is Columbus.

The director, who also helmed the first two Harry Potter movies, recently sat down with ReelBlend, where he questioned what “the point” was, as well as the wider lack of originality in Hollywood at the moment.

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“In this version of Hollywood that we live in, everybody is remaking everything, and rebooting everything,” he said. “I mean, there’s a Home Alone reboot coming out. What’s the point? The movie exists, let’s just live with the movie that existed.

“There’s no point in us remaking The Wizard of Oz, there’s no point in any of us remaking the classic films. Make something original, because we need more original material. So, no. No point.”

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This isn’t the first time that Columbus has spoken out against the reboot, telling Insider last year: “I’m a firm believer that you don’t remake films that have had the longevity of Home Alone.

“You’re not going to create lightning in a bottle again. It’s just not going to happen. So why do it? It’s like doing a paint-by-numbers version of a Disney animated film – a live-action version of that. What’s the point? It’s been done.”

Home Sweet Home Alone is set to star Archie Yates, Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, Aisling Bea, Pete Holmes and Kenan Thompson, while Devin Ratray will be back as Buzz McCallister from the original movies.

Home Sweet Home Alone will begin streaming on Disney+ on November 12.

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