Director Chris Columbus slams idea to remake ‘Home Alone’ flicks

Published November 24, 2020, 4:19 PM

by Neil Patrick Nepomuceno

Macauley Culkin

“Do your own thing. Even if you fail miserably, at least you have come up with something original.”

These were the words expressed by the award-winning Hollywood director Chris Columbus in an interview with Insider last Nov. 16.

Columbus made the reaction following reports that the blockbuster films that catapulted Macauley Culkin to stardom would be reprised. He admitted that he is not aware of Disney+ plans of a remake, saying that not every film should be remade, especially with the longevity that the Home Alone sequels have achieved.

Macauley and Chris Columbus (left)

“No, nobody got in touch with me about it, and it’s a waste of time as far as I’m concerned. What’s the point? I’m a firm believer that you don’t remake films that have had the longevity of Home Alone. You’re not going to create lightning in a bottle again. It’s just not going to happen. So why do it? It’s like doing a paint-by-numbers version of a Disney animated film — a live-action version of that. What’s the point? It’s been done. Do your own thing. Even if you fail miserably, at least you have come up with something original,” the director said.

Columbus even confessed that “Home Alone 2” isn’t really necessary aside from the stunts that made him laugh while also wondering about how Ryan Reynold’s “Stoned Alone” would have looked like if pursued.

“Listen, have fun. I just feel, do something new. Life is short,” he added.

Columbus, 62, directed both “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” including two of the eight Harry Potter films: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”