'Home Alone,' Like Everything Else These Days, Getting a Reboot - NBC Chicago

'Home Alone,' Like Everything Else These Days, Getting a Reboot

Twitter users got to work re-imagining the original film. Does the basic premise even work in the era of smart phones and ride-share apps?

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    If you're fed up with remakes, you're not likely going to be pleased with Disney's plans to take on Netflix. But if you'd like to see an unsupervised child fend off a home invasion for the sixth time in 29 years, you're in luck.

    In an earnings call Tuesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the company plans to reboot "Home Alone" — a franchise it scooped up after its $71.3 billion acquisition of 20th Century Fox — for its upcoming streaming service, Disney+.

    "We're also focused on leveraging Fox's vast library of great titles to further enrich the content mix on our [direct-to-consumer] platforms," Iger said on the call, during which he also revealed plans to reboot Fox franchises "Night at the Museum," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and "Cheaper by the Dozen" for "a new generation."

    It was not immediately clear if the reboots would end up as feature-length films or series. Disney+, slated to debut in November, will feature movies and shows from Disney's sprawling catalog of animated favorites, as well as popular titles from Pixar, the "Star Wars" saga, the Marvel universe and National Geographic.

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    The news about "Home Alone" stirred up mixed feelings on Twitter, where scores of users pleaded with Disney to keep its hands off the 1990 original and fans posted GIFs of Macaulay Culkin to express their dismay: