In December last year Disney announced plans to remake the 1990 hit film, also revealng that they had cast Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) Rob Delaney (Catastrophe) and Archie Yates (Jojo Rabbit) for the project. Fans took to Twitter to express their frustration that Disney was choosing to remake the iconic film instead of coming up with original content.
"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," he explained.
"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."
"I can even be accused of it myself, with Home Alone 2," he continued. "That movie is basically a remake of the first "Home Alone." Does it need to exist? Yes, because some of those stunts make me laugh really hard, but I just don't believe it should be done."
Columbus also spoke about Donald Trump's cameo in the second instalment, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, saying that he "bullied" his way into the appearance.
"Like most locations in New York City, you just pay a fee and you are allowed to shoot in that location. We approached The Plaza Hotel, which Trump owned at the time.
"Trump said OK. We paid the fee, but he also said, "The only way you can use the Plaza is if I'm in the movie." So we agreed to put him in the movie, and when we screened it for the first time the oddest thing happened: People cheered when Trump showed up on-screen. So I said to my editor, "Leave him in the movie. It's a moment for the audience." But he did bully his way into the movie."
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