The Home Alone Reboot Brings On Borat Writer To Direct
Dan Mazer comes aboard.
The Home Alone reboot has found a director. Collider reports that Dan Mazer, who is known for writing the Sacha Baron Cohen movies Borat and Bruno, is in talks to direct the film. Mazer also wrote Bridget Jones's Baby and Office Christmas Party. He earned an Oscar nomination for Borat.
The movie is being written by Mike Day and Streeter Seidell, who currently write for and act on the popular NBC comedy show Saturday Night Live.
The story of the new Home Alone movie is a little different than the MaCaulay Culkin original. According to Collider, the reboot will tell the story of a "married couple who go to war with a young boy who has stolen something from them."
The original Home Alone's story was about a young boy who must fight off thieves after his parents accidentally leave him .... home alone.
Filming on the new Home Alone will begin in the first three months of 2020, according to Collider. Actress Melissa McCarthy is said to be in consideration for one of the parent roles, with Will Ferrell reportedly in talks for the other. The role of the child is reportedly written for a boy, though it's unknown who will play the part.
The 1990 original Home Alone was directed by Christopher Columbus, who would go on to direct multiple Harry Potter films. Culkin starred in the original film and its 1992 sequel, Lost in New York. A third movie, Home Alone 3, premiered in 1997, but the movie focused on a new boy played by a different actor. Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House (2002) and Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012) followed later as made-for-TV movies.
The Home Alone franchise was produced by Fox. Following Disney's acquisition of Fox and the majority of the company's entertainment assets, the new Home Alone movie is being developed for Disney streaming service Disney+. Disney is also making a reboot of Night at the Museum, which was another Fox property before the Disney acquisition.
Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds, meanwhile, has an idea for another Home Alone movie called "Stoned Alone." In this movie, Reynolds misses his flight and then goes home and gets baked. He becomes paranoid when he hears someone breaking into his house. Someone actually is, and then Reynolds must defend his home while stoned.
Disney+ launches in November, priced at $7 USD per month. Disney has also announced a value option that bundles Disney+ with ESPN+ and Hulu for $13/month USD.
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