Home Alone 5 set for Christmas release
‘Home Alone 5’ has just been announced, but it won’t be in cinemas. Instead it’s a TV movie made by ABC Family for their Christmas schedule, so we’re not sure if it will even be shown in the UK. Weirdly, it stars Malcolm McDowell (Alex from ‘A Clockwork Orange’) alongside Edward Asner (‘Up’, ‘Elf’), Eddie Steeples, and Demi Mazar.
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It’s a totally new story, with Christian Martyn - best known for 2010’s ‘Snowmen’ (yeh...us neither) - playing an unrelated destructive kid called Finn.
New kid on the block... Christian Martyn (Credit: REX)
Peter Hewitt (‘Garfield’) is in the director’s chair for this one, which sees Finn upset to learn his family is moving from California to the “scariest house he’s ever seen” in Maine. Believing it’s haunted, he sets traps to find the ghost - but comes face to face with thieves McDowell, Steeples and Mazar.
Some readers may be surprised to hear that the ‘Home Alone’ franchise is still going at all, with the last two films under the radar for many.
The original early 90s movies ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’ - which starred a healthier looking Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister - were a huge success, raking in £570 million between them. But when Culkin grew too old to play the cuddly sadist, many assumed that would that for the series.
Original prankster... Macaulay Culkin (Credit: REX)
However, studio Fox kept it going, and rebooted the franchise in 1997 with a completely new cast.
Alex D. Linz took the role of Alex Pruitt, another totally different meddlesome kid who gets entangled with a North Korean terrorist organization after mistakenly taking a remote control car containing their top secret microchip. Really.
Flop... Alex D. Linz in Home Alone 3 (Credit: REX)
The film didn’t do great at the box office, making a rather average £50 million. It did see a young Scarlett Johansson show up as Pruitt’s older sister though.