Disney To Do a Series of Reboots. Plans Include ”Home Alone”
Recent losses inspired Disney to commit to more long-term investments. But first, the company will squeeze whatever it can from the recently purchased studio 21st Century Fox, rebooting its most successful titles, including its family-friendly roster. All of it with Disney’s new streaming platform in mind.
Variety’s recent piece on Disney finances reveals that over the past couple of months, the studio recorded a $170M loss, mostly attributed to poor box office returns from the latest installment in the X-Men saga, "Dark Phoenix", which had the worst opening in the entire franchise. Stunned by the losses, Disney went about retooling its approach and its properties—it’s already been announced that Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, will take over all comic book properties heretofore handled by Fox. Disney’s also planning to reboot some of the most successful titles sitting in the archives of the recently purchased studio.
Curiously, one of the titles Disney intends to reboot is the 1990 cult comedy "Home Alone". Directed by Chris Columbus and associated worldwide with the Christmas season, the box office hit, which introduced Macaulay Culkin to an international audience (and was another success of renowned filmmaker John Hughes, who wrote the screenplay), will be reshot and released directly on Disney+, the new streaming platform coming from Disney.
Other titles Disney wants to rehash include the 2010 adaptation of "The Diary of a Wimpy Kid", the 2003 film "Cheaper by the Dozen", and the "Night at the Museum". No details have been released on whether Disney wants to reboot the entire Ben Stiller-helmed Museum franchise or just the first installment released in 2006.
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