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Fox Developing BIG TV Show from ENLISTED Creators

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Repurposing old properties with built in name recognition is all the rage in the world of television tight now. Fresh off the debut of its Batman semi-prequel series Gotham, Fox is now developing a Big TV show.  Deadline reports that Enlisted executive producers Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce have sold a half-hour comedy adaptation of Big to Fox that they will write and executive produce.  Loosely based on Penny Marshall’s classic 1988 film starring Tom Hanks, the potential series is described as a show that “explores 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.”  This is actually pretty thematically relevant material as today’s generation doesn’t feel forced to “grow up” as soon as they graduate from college, and instead fully embrace their nostalgia for the movies, TV shows, and even commercials that they enjoyed as kids.

The folks over at Deadline don’t have much more information on the prospective series, but the show is still very much in big-tom-hanks-600x337development and not a sure thing just yet.  The sense of humor that Biegel and Royce exhibited on Enlisted makes me think they’ll turn out a swell pilot for Big, so it’ll be interesting to see if Fox takes a liking to the script and officially orders production on a pilot.

I really do think that, as described, this Big TV show could dive deep into some of the touchstones of the current “man-child” generation.  Gone are the days when being a grown up meant wearing a business suit and getting a job in insurance sales.  Nerds are “cool” now—just look at the variety of people wearing superhero T-shirts—and even the moviegoing marketplace has transformed into a place where trying to get a dramatic, adults-only film financed is a Herculean challenge while studios are lining up superhero movie after superhero movie.  Thinking back on the original Big, one imagines in today’s world, Hanks’ Josh Baskin wouldn’t really seem all that strange.

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