‘Big’ TV Show Coming From ‘Enlisted’ Guys

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Yet another big-screen classic is making the leap to the small screen. Fox has put into development a TV series remake of Big, the 1988 comedy starring Tom Hanks. But the really good news here is that the project is coming from Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, who most recently worked together on the beloved-but-cancelled Enlisted.

Hit the jump for more on the Big TV show.

THR reports that Biegel and Royce will write and executive produce the half-hour comedy series. 20th Century Fox Television, which also made Enlisted, is producing. The network envisions the Big TV show as an ongoing series with a limited episode count (meaning fewer than the traditional 22 per season).

Like the movie, the Big TV show will consider “what it means to be an adult, what it means to be a kid, and how in today’s world those two things are more confused than ever.” The original film centered on a adolescent boy who wishes to be a grown-up, and wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old man (Hanks).

Fox, Biegel, and Royce last collaborated on Enlisted, which Biegel created based loosely on his own life. Although the comedy got strong reviews from critics and attracted a devoted (if small) fanbase, it underperformed in the ratings and was cancelled after just one season. Hopes that Yahoo could revive the show were ultimately dashed.

Prior to that, Biegel co-created ABC / TBS’s Cougar Town while Royce co-created TNT’s Men of a Certain Age. Their other credits include Scrubs (Biegel) and Everybody Loves Raymond, 1600 Penn, and Lucky Louie (Royce). The Big movie was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg and directed by Penny Marshall.

The Big TV show fits into a growing trend of series capitalizing on ’80s nostalgia. Fox is also planning a new version of The Greatest American Hero with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, while NBC is plotting adaptations of Problem Child and Real Genius. Elsewhere, a Full House reboot and a Married… With Children spinoff are also in the works.

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