Exclusive : Buffy producer doing new Home Alone movie

So much for those rumours placing Macaulay Culkin back in the McAllister household (in a sequel to the original “Home Alone” that would’ve had the filthy rich former child star play father to a mischievous youngster like the one he played in Chris Columbus’s original; still, never know, it could happen. Did anyone think a fourth “American Pie” would happen, with the original cast, after all those direct-to-video spin-off movies!?). The next “Home Alone” won’t be a big screen venture with any original players (and likely no Wet Bandit).

“Home Alone 5″, like the previous installment in the kid-vs.-crooks film series, is being produced for television. But unlike that awful fourth installment , ABC Family have gone out of their way to place the project in the hands of some talented folks – if only because even studio execs dislike hate mail.

Veteran producer Dennis Stuart Murphy, whose credits include the Kazui’s “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” flick, “Powder” and “Friday the 13th Part 2″, is behind the project, and he’s capable of doing solid stuff, but it’s TV scribes Aaron Ginsburg and Wade Mcintyre of “The Finder” and “The Good Guys” being on writing duties (Assumingly, the duo’s relationship with Fox got them the job on “Home Alone”) that really solidifies confidence in the project.

The duo have a knack for writing interesting, very funny and witty characters so hopefully they can bring some life back into the John Hughes created movie series.

The project is in active development as we speak, with Ginsburg and Mcintyre writing the sequel script concurrently with their duties on “Bones” spin-off “The Finder”.

Director and Cast beseeched shortly.

The script for “Home Alone” is said to fix on not one boy, but two this time, who take on art thieves in their lavish family home. In an interesting twist, the siblings believe they’re protecting their house against evil spirits or ghosts.

The film will air on ABC Family – who actually do some pretty decent stuff, including “Greek” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” – over the 2012 silly season.

That first “Home Alone”, released to mucho successo in 1990, was an absolutely lovely movie. I remember going to catch it at the cinema on a Sunday afternoon – - and only because there wasn’t much else on that weekend. I was truly taken back by just how funny, warm and infectious that film was, and of course the performances of the cast (Culkin, of course, but also Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Stern, Joe Pesci and a scene-stealing John Candy; Oh, and not to forget the wonderful Roberts Blossom as the old man Kevin befriends) were stupendous. They don’t even make movies like “Home Alone” anymore – family films that are devoid of special effects and animatronics. Sad thing. Maybe Ginsburg and Mcintyre can light the fires on the “Home Alone” franchise again with this TV sequel, ultimately pathing the way for the series’ ultimate big screen return.

Now, Hey, I’m gonna give you to the count of ten, to get your ugly, yella, no-good keister off my property, before I pump your guts full of lead! 1, 2, 10!