When Disney purchased 21st Century Fox, fans were excited at the prospect of getting new X-Men and Fantastic Four films set within the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Those films are, of course, happening -- eventually -- but Disney has recently set its sights on a few other Fox titles.
In recent months, Disney hasn't had the best of luck at the box office, with many of the Fox titles it inherited failing to perform. This has led to the studio's decision to re-evaluate its forthcoming Fox slate -- canceling some projects that were in development while moving ahead with others that seem like safe bets.
However, much like how Disney has found success in revisiting some of its classic films, the studio is revisiting some Fox classics. In a recent investors call, Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, briefly addressed some newly acquired Fox properties Disney intends to re-imagine, mostly for its forthcoming streaming service Disney+. So, just which Fox titles are getting the reboot? We break that down for you below.
Disney is looking to re-imagine a '90s classic with Home Alone. The news of Disney's intent to reboot the Home Alone franchise was, understandably, met by resistance online as it is still beloved by many, even now. However, the star of the original film, Macaulay Culkin, doesn't seem too bothered by the news, tweeting his idea for a Home Alone follow-up.
The new series will more than likely not see the return of any stars from the original films, as Disney+ seems keen to offer up new takes on these reboots judging by the likes of High School Musical: The Series and the Lady and the Tramp live-action remake.
Cheaper by the Dozen
Like Home Alone, Disney is also looking to re-imagine Cheaper by the Dozen for its streaming service. While many may believe the Steve Martin-led films are the originals, it's worth noting the original Cheaper by the Dozen actually came out in 1950 and starred Clifton Webb.
Although the Martin led-films were never surefire hits at the box office, taking in a combined $202.39 million worldwide, they were good family films, and that seems to be the focus of Disney+. Like with Home Alone, this one seems a safe bet to be an entirely new reboot given the length of time between releases. However, there is always the chance Disney surprises us!
Night at the Museum
Based on the 1993 classic by writer Milan Trenc, 2006's Night at the Museum launched a trilogy of films starring the likes of Ben Stiller and the late Robin Williams. All three films were directed by Shawn Levy and earned a combined domestic total of $541 million and $1.35 billion worldwide, leading to the release of a novel sequel by Trenc in 2013 titled Another Night at the Museum.
Disney+ looks likely to completely reboot the Night at the Museum series for its streaming service, and it remains to be seen whether or not director Levy returns to helm the reported reboot.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Based on the popular kids books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid looks to be getting a reboot. Given that Disney+ is keen on being a family-friendly streaming service, the decision to reboot a property like Diary of a Wimpy Kid isn't too surprising. Especially as it's still an incredibly popular book series that would more than likely perform better on a streaming service than the big screen, evident by the Fox films' box office intake.
The four films -- which ended with 2017's -- took in just $186.449 million domestically altogether. It remains to be seen whether or not this will be a continuation of the Fox franchise or an entirely new adaption of the books.
Planet of the Apes
Fox found plenty of success with its most recent Planet of the Apes trilogy, which completed with 2017's War for the Planet of the Apes. The series took in a combined $1.68 billion at the worldwide box office and was critically acclaimed for both its performances and use of mo-cap technology.
Still, little has been said concerning sequels since 2017. That is, until Iger name-dropped the property during Disney's most recent quarterly investors call. As it stands, while we know Disney intends to return to this world, it's unknown whether or not the next installment will be a sequel or simply another reboot. Either way, this title seems poised for the big screen, along with Avatar, while the others look to be intended for Disney+.
This one, of course, isn't a reboot. It's one of the few Fox properties to survive the Disney merger. For the Mouse House, Avatar is a safe bet at the box office -- despite the fact that the first film premiered over a decade ago.
Work on the sequels began before the merger was finalized, and while Disney shut down other projects such as Mouse Guard well into pre-production, Avatar seemed unlikely to ever be halted. There is a considerable gap between films, as Avatar 2 isn't slated to hit theaters until next year, but producer Jon Landau has promised that fans will not need to have seen the first film in order to understand its sequels: "Each movie is a standalone movie that we would wanna go see. You don’t need to have seen the first Avatar to see Avatar 2."
The next Fox release from Disney will be director James Mangold's Ford v Ferrari, which is said to have been partly responsible for Disney's quarter 3 loss, due to its marketing costs. That film will hit theaters on Nov. 15. As for Disney+, the streaming service will officially launch on Nov. 12.