The Original Home Alone Director On The Upcoming Reboot


Home Alone is a holiday classic. We’ve all seen it a thousand times, and we’ll watch it a thousand more, too — that’s how much of a classic it is.

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Home Alone is so beloved that people had some strong reactions when Disney announced a planned remake last year — and that includes Chris Columbus, who directed the original film.


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In an interview with Insider, Columbus called the plans for a reboot a “waste of time” after noting that no one reached out to him about working on it.


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“What’s the point?,” he said. “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?”


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“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. Do your own thing. Even if you fail miserably, at least you have come up with something original.”


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Columbus wasn’t one to mince words here — even when it came to the Home Alone sequel he directed, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.


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“That movie is basically a remake of the first Home Alone,” Columbus said. “Does it need to exist? Yes, because some of those stunts make me laugh really hard, but I just don’t believe it should be done.”


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So? What do you guys think? Have you had enough Home Alone, or are you thirsty for more?


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