Disney Plans to Remake ‘Home Alone’ and More Classic Fox Films
Art and Experience: Disney bought Fox and is now cannibalizing its family movies for Disney+. So what’s coming soon?
Disney has been hot on the reboot trail for many a year now. We’ve seen many of their ’90’s cartoons (DuckTales, Darkwing Duck) get reboots or reimagining with new CGI or live-action. But the Disney vault only has a limited amount of titles. Lucky for us, Disney bought Fox, and their catalog is deep with titles.
This free intellectual property has to be attractive to the studio because it comes with a built-in audience.
Now that Disney needs to fill theatrical holes as well as fill their streaming channel, Disney+, they have to start digging into Fox to see what they can find.
And it looks like they found some classics.
What is Disney rebooting?
According to Collider, Disney chief Robert Iger has announced that the studio is exploring new versions of hits such as Home Alone, Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper by the Dozen. These new explorations would likely update the movies for 2019 and possibly serialize them into streamable television shows.
Disney still plans to move forward with Fox’s current slate, but they’re also planning more Planet of the Apes installments and we are still waiting on those Avatar sequels from James Cameron, who is currently overseeing production on Parts 2 and 3.
It makes sense for Disney to look into more family programming for its streaming service. And the titles they chose all have had a considerable brand and financial success without the house of mouse behind them.
Early rumblings have the Home Alone reboot taking the adult POV, with two parents chasing their kid who stole something from them, but those are only rumors. Also a rumor: Melissa McCarthy is being eyed to star as the mom.
It will be interesting to see if Disney+ branches out on anything besides family ventures. There have been rumors of a PG-13 Deadpool 3, but it’s hard to imagine that character fitting into Marvel. But we’ll leave that one up to Kevin Feige.
It’s clear Fox Searchlight will continue to create films that skew toward an older audience, but who knows how much longer that will be the mandate. I think you can anticipate Disney using them to churn out those kinds of movies as long as they remain profitable.
So much is up in the air about Disney+, besides its low price of $7 a month — $12.99 with the ad-supported Hulu and ESPN bundle — so we don’t really know if they’ll stock stuff for parents as well as kids. My guess is they’ll have to find some sort of balance, but still try to maintain lines between their Disney brand and what other more adult movies Fox has put out.
That could mean multiple streaming platforms or just increased parental control.
We’re in the Wild West for programming. So we will be watching the world change.
What are some Fox titles you want to see rebooted?
Are you excited for Disney+?