There’s a lot of truth to Columbus’ insight—if a movie is already considered perfect and still being watched, an updated version will always pale in comparison. Some of the best remakes are of films where the story idea was great, but the execution was either botched or simply appears dated by modern standards—neither of which appears to be the case with Home Alone.
Columbus said in a new Insider interview celebrating Home Alone’s 30th anniversary. Perhaps most shocking, the director revealed he wasn’t even asked to participate. Columbus 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.”
The entire interview is worth a read, if only for the director’s story of how the outgoing president bullied his way into Home Alone 2, as well as his memories of how the late, great John Candy improvised nearly all his dialogue in the original Home Alone.