Columbus’ feelings about cinemas do have validity and there is truth in his statement that while Home Alone isn’t The Godfather, it still merits respect. However, as is the case with all reboots, the fact remains that for fans of the original, no reboot will ever match what came before. As far as Stoned Alone goes, given Reynolds’ popularity, there’s every reason to believe that an R-rated version of Home Alone has the ability to do well. But the idea that its existence disrespects cinema will likely feel like a bit of a stretch to many.
In a recent interview with The Independent, the famed director addressed the issue of Stoned Alone by calling it “an insult to the art of cinema.” There hasn’t been a lot of talk about the film since it was first announced in 2018, but whether it goes ahead as planned or not, Columbus can certainly be counted as one person who won’t be buying a ticket:
“The reboots are just silly to me. When I read about something called Stoned Alone, they were going to do with Ryan – it was an R-rated Home Alone movie about stoners – I thought to myself, ‘This is just an insult to the art of cinema. If you’re making a comedy, a musical, no matter what film I’m making, my goal is to treat it with the same respect as if I was making The Godfather. Home Alone is not The Godfather, but you have to treat it with that kind of respect and this idea of remaking things that already exist and are working well? Watch the original! Forget about it. It’s just never going to be as good.”