Columbus also said Donald Trump 'bullied his way into' his Home Alone 2 cameo.
Macaulay Culkin in "Home Alone."
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The director of the 1990 blockbuster slammed Disney's upcoming reboot of the Home Alone franchise, calling the project "a waste of time" and criticizing the studio for its perceived lack of originality.

"Nobody got in touch with me about it, and it's a waste of time as far as I'm concerned," Columbus said of the reboot in an interview with Insider. "What's the point? I'm a firm believer that you don't remake films that have had the longevity of Home Alone. You're not going to create lightning in a bottle again. It's just not going to happen. So why do it? It's like doing a paint-by-numbers version of a Disney animated film — a live-action version of that. What's the point? It's been done. Do your own thing. Even if you fail miserably, at least you have come up with something original."

The new Home Alone film began production in February before filming was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Archie Yates (Jojo Rabbit) will star in the adorable-kid role, with the cast also including Rob Delaney, Ellie Kemper, Kenan Thompson, and Chris Parnell.

Columbus, who directed Home Alone 2: Lost in New York as well, also revealed to Insider that President Donald Trump essentially forced the filmmakers to give him his cameo in the sequel.

"We approached The Plaza Hotel, which Trump owned at the time, because we wanted to shoot in the lobby," Columbus explained. "Trump said OK. We paid the fee, but he also said, 'The only way you can use the Plaza is if I'm in the movie.' So we agreed to put him in the movie, and when we screened it for the first time the oddest thing happened: People cheered when Trump showed up on screen. So I said to my editor, 'Leave him in the movie. It's a moment for the audience.' But he did bully his way into the movie."

Home Alone, which was released 30 years ago this November, is available to stream on Disney+ along with Home Alone 2 if, like Columbus, you prefer to stick with the original.

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