When there are no more original ideas in Hollywood, the spirits of 80s movies will rise up from the dead and take over our screens. Which is to say, lately a lot of the attention has been turned on classic 80s action sci-fi movies, with Total Recall, RoboCop and Escape From New York all getting the remake treatment – but really, no piece of nostalgia is truly safe, nowadays.
A few years ago Twentieth Century Fox was reportedly looking to 1988 Tom Hanks comedy Big for inspiration, buying a pitch for a movie called Premature Maturation that was described as Big meets The Hangover. The main difference was that instead of one kid getting transformed into an adult, a group of friends find themselves accidentally grown up and embark on a series of wacky adventures.
Premature Maturation never actually got made, but it seems that Fox never quite gave up the dream of a Big remake. Now TheWrap reports that Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce (Enlisted) have successfully pitched an event series loosely based on Big to Fox Television Studios. The series will feature half-hour episodes and, according to the vague synopsis offered by TheWrap, will “explore what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid, and how in today’s world those two things are more confused than ever.”
Big earned Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, playing the 30 year-old alter ego of a kid who makes an ardent wish to a mechanical fortune teller to make him “big.” Things turns out better than expected as he is offered a dream job being paid to test toys, thanks to his childlike enthusiasm for them, but he soon finds himself being drawn a little too far into adulthood. It will be interesting to see how this plot is adapted to fit “today’s world.”
Outside of military comedy drama Enlisted, Biegel also co-created Cougar Town while Royce was executive producer and co-creator of TNT comedy drama Men of a Certain Age. The pair certainly have experience in this genre, even if their past projects might not be cause for huge excitement. First we’ll have to see if Biegel and Royce’s Big TV series gets any closer to production than Premature Maturation.
We’ll keep you updated on Big as development continues.