For months, we’ve known that Disney is cooking up a new take on Home Alone – the legendary Macauley Culkin Christmas classic that spawned one decent sequel and several straight-to-video duds. But if films three through five weren’t much cop, the Mouse House (who acquired the rights in their 20th Century Fox takeover) will be hoping to bring the series back to life with its new take on kid-vs-robbers concept – now revealed to be titled Home Sweet Home Alone, and coming to Disney+ on 12 November.
The new film boasts a great cast, with Jojo Rabbit’s adorable Archie Yates in the plucky-kid role. And starring alongside him are Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, Aisling Bea, Kenan Thompson and more – a strong comedic ensemble, hopefully given top material in a screenplay from SNL’s Mikey Day and Street Seidell. Here’s the official synopsis: “Max Mercer is a mischievous and resourceful young boy who has been left behind while his family is in Japan for the holidays. So when a married couple attempting to retrieve a priceless heirloom set their sights on the Mercer family’s home, it is up to Max to protect it from the trespassers…and he will do whatever it takes to keep them out. Hilarious hijinks of epic proportions ensue, but despite the absolute chaos, Max comes to realize that there really is no place like home sweet home.”
Home Sweet Home Alone is directed by British filmmaker Dan Mazer, previously behind rom-com I Give It A Year, Dirty Grandpa and several episodes of Da Ali G Show. And as a co-writer on Borat and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Mazer is a creator who knows how to stir up some major mischief – just, expect this one to be of a more family-friendly variety. We’ll find out for sure this November.