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Disney to remake box office hits

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LOS ANGELES: Disney is remaking “Home Alone” and “Night at the Museum” for its new TV streaming service, Disney + which launches in the US in November.

The move comes on the back of Disney acquiring 21st Century Fox.

Chief executive Bob Iger said Disney was “focused on leveraging Fox´s vast library of great titles, for example re imagining ‘Home Alone’, ‘Night at the Museum’, ‘Cheaper by the Dozen and ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ for a new generation on Disney+.”

He did not clarify whether the new versions would be feature films or television programs.

The three “Home Alone” films that received theatrical releases together grossed $914.8 million at the global box office.

The 1990 original, in which eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left behind when his family goes on vacation and must defend his home from inept burglars, is widely seen as a classic Christmas family movie.

No casting details have been announced for the remake.

Ben Stiller´s “Night at the Museum” trilogy, about a museum security guard trying to keep track of exhibits that come to life, has grossed over $1.35 billion worldwide.

Both movie franchises will be part of the Disney+ service´s original content, due to be launched in th US on November 12 at a starting price of $6.99 monthly. Disney+ will gradually expand internationally with a start in Europe.

It will launch with 300 movies including its “Star Wars,” Pixar and Marvel titles.

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