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Disney already plans to remake several of its animated features over the next few years, but it’s also planning to apply that business model to many of the films it just acquired from Fox for Disney+.
The reveal arrived from Disney CEO Bob Iger during the company’s earnings call with investors Tuesday. In the call, Iger discussed the remakes, which he described as a “reimagining,” as examples of what Disney planned to do with the movie properties it gained from the Fox acquisition.
“We are also focused on leveraging Fox’s vast library of great titles to further enrich the content mix on our… platforms—for example, reimagining Home Alone, Night at the Museum, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid for a new generation on Disney+,” Iger said, according to CNN.
Iger was vague and offered no information on what the films might look like, who would be working on them, or when they might be released; it’s unclear if Disney is currently working on these remakes or if they’re several years away from becoming a reality. Iger made no mention that any of these remakes would be available once Disney+ launches on Nov. 12.
Home Alone was a bonafide box office hit when it was released in 1990, sparking four sequels (two of which were released theatrically; the last straight-to-DVD sequel came out in 2012), but the other films have been in theaters more recently. Cheaper by the Dozen, itself a remake of the 1950 film, came out in 2003 with a sequel released in 2005. The Night at the Museum trilogy spanned nearly a decade, with the third film released in 2014. And there have been four Diary of a Wimpy Kid films released, with the most recent one debuting in 2017.
As a whole, the reception to Disney’s live-action remakes have been mixed, but it’s largely been a highly successful endeavor at the box office. So while critics wield similar complaints to these remakes as they have with some of Disney’s remakes once they’re released, there is almost certainly an audience for it.
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Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.