Disney pretty much owns the movie industry these days with the MCU, Star Wars and its incredible animation back catalogue which it is slowly remaking as a live action series, film by film – The Lion King is the latest and has already grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
Next up, it sounds like Disney will be working through some of Fox’s family friendly franchise titles now the acquistion has gone through. And that’s going to include Home Alone, Night At The Museum and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid.
During a Q3 earnings call Disney big boss Bob Iger said these titles would be getting a reimagining (as reported on comicbook.com) for streaming service Disney+ which is due to launch in the States in November, though it’s not certain whether this will be as a TV series or a film.
Home Alone directed by John Hughes came out in 1990 and starred Macaulay Culkin as an eight-year-old accidentally left behind when his family goes on holiday over Christmas. It spawned several sequels, the fourth of which (Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House (2002)) was a TV movie that was basically a re-make.
The Night At The Museum franchise spans three movies, the most recent of which arrived in 2014 starring Ben Stiller and the late Robin Williams, while Diary Of A Wimpy Kid stretches to four films. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid is a more recognisable franchise in the States than the UK, where, for people of a certain age, rather than a very popular young adult book series it conjures up memories of a low rent burger chain.
It was also announced that Disney will offer a bundle that include Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for $12.99 per month, though this obviously only applies to people in America. Still no news on what’s going on with Disney+ in the UK.
Here’s everything coming to Disney+ that we know about so far.