“We are also focused on leveraging Fox’s vast library of great titles to further enrich the content mix on our… platforms — for example, reimagining Home Alone, Night at the Museum, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid for a new generation on Disney+,” CEO Bob Iger told investors on Tuesday.
Iger didn’t mention more details — director, cast, release dates — probably because they haven’t been finalized. We’re not even sure if they’ll be feature-length films or series, for that matter.
In March, Disney paid $71 billion for most of — but not all of — 21st Century Fox. This announcement shows that the company’s strategy of sucking up existing properties in order to remake, reboot, or “reimagine” them isn’t limited to traditional feature film releases or massive names like Star Wars and Marvel.
It’s significant that Iger made this announcement on an investor call. Investors, after all, like sure things, and the boring logic of Hollywood in 2019 is that leveraging something that people already know and like into something new is a safer bet than coming up with a new idea.
The oldest and probably the most beloved of these four titles is Home Alone, itself the basis for a semi-viral Google ad last Christmas.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York came out in 1992, and we obviously don’t count any of the Caulkin-less dreck that came after it in the franchise. Nearly 30 years — and a bevy of technological developments beyond the Talkboy later — it’s not exactly surprising that Disney is ready to reboot it.
The most recent films in those franchises came out in 2005, 2014, and 2017, respectively. That’s not a lot of time to wait before rebooting, and the choice of those titles show the next step for Disney’s content recycling machine: shorten the time between remakes so that the same stories can be told even more often.