BURBANK, CA—In a new Home Alone remake announced Friday, the protagonist will be left at home by his parents in a rush to make it out the door for a family vacation, but won't even realize his parents are gone as he hangs out in his room and plays on his smartphone for two full weeks.
20th Century Fox confirmed the remake will show the boy waking up after his entire family leaves for Christmas vacation, only to start playing a game on his smartphone and not realize they're gone for the entire film.
At one point, the boy will realize his battery's about to die and dramatically yell, "Ahhhhh!!!" in the franchise's iconic moment. But he will then find a charger and narrowly get his phone plugged in before he runs out of battery entirely, injecting some much-needed tension into the movie.
"Audiences are sure to love the harrowing moments as our hero marathons PUBG and Fallout Shelter for hours on end and idly sends Snapchats to his friends late into the night," the director said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "You'll be on the edge of your seat the whole time."
The family will realize the boy is missing and frantically try to get a hold of him, but various hijinks will prevent their messages from getting through. At one point, the boy receives their desperate texts, but swipes the notifications away as they get in the way of his Minecraft: Pocket Edition session.
Home Alone 5: Family? What Family? will be in theatres by next Christmas.