The classic 1988 Tom Hanks movie Big is to get a remake. Kind of. In a way.
Okay, so Fox aren’t actually going to remake the whole movie. Who would watch for a start? Big is epic, and some things should never be touched. But the network has ordered an ‘event series’ to be made, based on the film.
To be adapted by Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, the duo behind the comedy Enlisted, Big has already received a script commitment from Fox, and it will apparently explore what it is like to be both a kid and an adult in today’s world, and how those two things are often more confused than ever.
Yes, sounds good, but all anyone really wants to know is will Tom Hanks be dancing on the piano?
Well, no, in a word. It seems that Mr Hanks is unlikely to have any involvement with the show in any capacity, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be any good. The concept of Big was simple, but magical.
Released back in 1988, Big starred Hanks as a kid whose wish to be big was granted by an amusement fortune teller coin machine (I always found it a bit creepy), and he wakes up the next day still a kid, but in an adult’s body. It’s hilarious and a real classic. I wonder if maybe I am looking back with a sense of whimsy and nostalgia, but then I see that the film has grossed more than $151 million worldwide, and it is a film people always talk of very fondly, so possibly it really was as good as I remember.
Big also spawned a Broadway musical back in 1996, but it closed after 193 performances. Shame, really, as it could have been a truly great thing.
Big joins a line of old school films being made into TV shows; NBC have also announced they are adapting Problem Child and Real Genius for the small screen.
For those of us who want to take a trip down memory lane, here’s Tom Hanks playing the piano in FAO Schwartz in Big. Best scene in the whole movie for me (aged 7), and the first thing I did when I visited the Big Apple for the first time.
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