Watch: First trailer for Home Sweet Home Alone
James R | On 12, Oct 2021
“‘Twas the night before Christmas vacation…” That’s the sound of Home Alone returning to our screens in the new Disney+ film, Home Sweet Home Alone – and a new trailer gives us a first look at the remake/reboot/sequel.
The reimagining of the Christmas classic follows Max Mercer, a mischievous and resourceful young boy who is 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.
JoJo Rabbit’s Archie Yates stars as Max, with the burglars played by Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney, and Aisling Bea and Pete Holmes playing Max’s parents. Also in the cast are Kenan Thompson, Tim Simons, Ally Maki, and Chris Parnell – plus there’s a glimpse in the trailer of a cameo from the original Buzz McCallister, Devin Ratray.
The film is directed by Dan Mazer from a screenplay by Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell and a story by Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell and John Hughes, based on the original screenplay by John Hughes. You can hear snippets of that screenplay, either reworded or quoted verbatim, throughout the trailer below. You can see the film in full on 12th November, when it debuts on Disney+.
Here’s the video:
Home Sweet Home Alone set for November Disney+ release
14th August 2021
Disney+ will be rebooting Home Alone this November, with a film officially titled Home Sweet Home Alone.
The 20th Century Studios comedy will be led by Archie Yates from JoJo Rabbit. It follows Max Mercer, 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.
The film promises “hilarious hijinks of epic proportions” and “absolute chaos”, while also the central message of Max coming to realise that there really is no place like home sweet home.
Starring alongside Yates will be Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2), Aisling Bea (Living with Yourself), Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Tim Simons (Veep), Pete Holmes (The Secret Life of Pets 2), Devin Ratray (Home Alone), Ally Maki (Toy Story 4) and Chris Parnell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues).
The film is directed by Dan Mazer (Dirty Grandpa) with the screenplay by Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell (Saturday Night Live) based on the original story and screenplay by John Hughes (Home Alone). Hutch Parker (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) and Dan Wilson (Patriots Day) serve as producers, with Jeremiah Samuels (Stuber) serving as executive producer.
A new holiday classic or the next Home Alone: The Holiday Heist? Find out when the film premieres on 12th November on Disney+.
Jojo Rabbit‘s Archie Yates to lead Disney+ Home Alone reboot
12th December 2019
After rumours and speculation of a reboot being in the works at Disney+, the House of Mouse has confirmed that a new Home Alone is officially on the way – and not only that, but it’s found its new lead star.
The original 1990 film, directed by Chris Columbus, starred Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a young boy who is accidentally left at home by his family when they go off to Paris for the Christmas holidays. Left to his own devices, he lives off pizza, tries out aftershave and, in between all that, manages to fend off two burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) who are trying to break into the empty houses in the neighbourhood. The movie has since become a staple Christmas favourite, along with its 1992 sequel. Multiple other entries have followed not starring Macauley Culkin and have increasingly snapped the franchise of festive spirit. Nonetheless, the name and associations of the first film have proven strong enough to spark Disney’s interest in rebooting the series, having acquired the rights to the franchise in its merger with Fox.
Now, Jojo Rabbit breakout Archie Yates has been confirmed as starring in the movie. And, just as you can feel your resistance start to crumble, Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney have also been cast. While the name Home Alone is being used at present, a new title is expected to come into play, and the story will differ too: Kemper and Delaney‘s wife and husband will go to war with a child who has stolen a priceless heirloom to save their home from financial ruin.
Dan Mazer (Dirty Grandpa) will direct from a script by Saturday Night Live veterans Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell. Hutch Parker and Dan Wilson will produce, and filming will start early next year.