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Fox is going Big with Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce.
The duo who previously teamed on Fox’s military comedy Enlisted are adapting Tom Hanks‘ 1988 movie Big for the network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The comedy, which has received a script plus penalty commitment from Fox, is described as an event series based on the movie 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.
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Biegel and Royce will pen the script and executive produce the half-hour comedy, which is envisioned as an ongoing series with a cable model episode count. The comedy hails from 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind Enlisted.
The comedy comes after 20th shopped Enlisted, a semi-autobiographical comedy based on Biegel and his brothers, to Yahoo after Fox canceled the critical darling but ratings underperformer after a one-season run. Following prolonged negotiations, Yahoo ultimately passed on reviving the Geoff Stults comedy for a second season after both sides couldn’t come to terms on a budget.
For Biegel’s part, the producer co-created Cougar Town with Bill Lawrence, while Royce co-created TNT’s Men of a Certain Age and served as showrunner on HBO’s Lucky Louie and NBC’s short-lived White House comedy 1600 Penn. Biegel and Royce are repped by UTA and Morris Yorn.
20th Century Fox feature Big, written by Gary Ross, directed by Penny Marshall and produced by Gracie Films, starred Hanks as a kid whose wish to be “big” was granted by an amusement fortuneteller coin machine called Zoltar and is transformed into an adult. The film has grossed more than $151 million worldwide since its June 1988 release. It also spawned a Broadway musical in 1996.
For Fox, Big marks its latest feature adaptation this development season. The network is also adapting thriller Minority Report as big-screen remakes continue to be among the big trends this development season as networks look to existing properties in a bid for brand recognition and viewers in an increasingly competitive landscape. For its part, NBC is also adapting Problem Child and Real Genius. Watch an iconic scene from Big, below.
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