Continuing with the current TV trend of mining Gen X and Gen Y nostalgia for project ideas, Fox has bought a half-hour comedy loosely based on the Tom Hanks movie “Big” from “Enlisted” exec producers Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce via 20th Century Fox Television Studios.
The event series, which Biegel and Royce will write and executive produce, follows the message of the 1988 movie and plans to delve into “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.”
Aside from their partnership on “Enlisted” for Fox, which Biegel also created, Biegel is known for co-creating “Cougar Town” while Royce was the co-creator/executive producer of “Men of a Certain Age” and the executive producer/showrunner of HBO’s “Lucky Louie” and NBC’s “1600 Penn.” Both men are represented by UTA and Morris Yorn.
Television has seen an influx of projects based on 1980s and 1990s hits, including news of a potential revival of the ABC sitcom “Full House,” and NBC’s planned adaptation of the movie “Problem Child.” Lifetime even got in on the act by airing “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” on Labor Day. Reaching even further back into the pop culture archives, CBS has a reboot of “The Odd Couple” with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon coming midseason and Fox is airing a live version of the musical “Grease!” in 2015.