Home Alone's Buzz actor plays coy over Disney reboot plans

Disney + confirmed there is a Home Alone reboot on the way – leaving die-hard Christmas fans divided on the plans.

The original film was released 30 years ago, and is still a staple of the festive period.

While director Chris Columbus has slammed all talk of the plans, Devin Ratray – who played Kevin McCallister’s (Macaulay Culkin) older brother, Buzz – teased that he could be popping up in the relaunch.

When asked for his thoughts on a revival of the franchise, he told Metro.co.uk: ‘I’m not at liberty to discuss that, actually… I think it’s a great idea and I think that people would be very pleased at the idea of that.

‘I do officially think that it would be a very good idea, a lovely idea for a reboot and I think, of all the films that haven’t been rebooted, I do think that this has a built in audience that people would be very eager to see.

‘And after the first half of this year, if we have to spend more time indoors, it would be a welcome gift to see a reinvention of the story. That’s all I can officially say.’

Devin laughed: ‘I have nothing further to say about that, nor if I did, could I confirm that, unless I were to speak to said lawyers or attorneys, who are not present…’

Gerry Bamman, who starred as grouchy Uncle Frank in the first two films of the franchise, also suggested that he would be keen – except his character would obviously be in a different place now.

‘Oh my god, that’s a fun idea,’ he agreed. 

‘I suppose Uncle Frank would be in an old age home and Kevin would be forced to have to try to take care of him somehow, and he would make it as difficult as possible.’

One person who is not keen on Disney rebooting the film is Chris, who helmed the original two films, in 1990 and 1992.

Chatting to Insider, he said: ‘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.’

So, that’s that then.

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