ABC Family Is Making Home Alone 5 Happen Without Kevin McCallister

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone
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Despite Mike Weinberg being a super cute kid, the TV movie Home Alone 4 was an extremely bad film, the type of thing one might expect to find on rerun on ABC family during the daytime in the middle of the summer. Which might be why ABC family has decided to resurrect what we all hoped would be a firmly defunct franchise and bring us a fifth installment in the series.

The good news is, ABC Family doesn’t plan to blaspheme Macauley Culkin’s original performance by using some other cute kid to play Kevin McCallister. For this one, they’ve scrapped Kevin entirely and will instead rely on Finn, an eight-year-old character played by Christian Martin.

Finn will be trapped in an old, creepy house in Maine with his sister, played by Jodelle Ferland, while their parents are marooned on the opposite side of town. The weird Home Alone 5 twist will entail Finn believing in ghosts and setting traps to catch said ghosts in his creepy home. So, when some thieves come snooping around, the set of traps is already in place to catch ‘em. Kind of takes half of the fun out of it, if you ask me.

Home Alone 5 is set to hit ABC Family next December, as part of the network’s “25 Days of Christmas” holiday programming. You can check out the full press release for the TV flick, which also stars Debi Mazar, Ed Asner, Eddie Steeples, and Malcolm McDowell, over at Deadline.