5 moments from Big that should definitely make the TV series

Tom Hanks’s Big is getting a small-screen makeover and there are some moments that just have to be in there, says Emma Daly

Big, one of the many films that earned Tom Hanks an Oscar nomination, is set to be remade as a TV series on Fox.


In this 1988 hit, Hanks played Josh, a young boy who makes a wish to coin-operated fortune teller Zoltar and suddenly find himself stuck inside a grown man’s body, attempting to get his head around a job, romance, canapés…

The series will explore this theme of blurred lines between what it means to be an adult and a child in the modern world, reports the Hollywood Reporter, detailing it as “an ongoing series with a cable model episode count”, which usually means around 10 to 13 episodes.

A film being re-imagined as a TV series isn’t a new concept but certainly seems to be popular among broadcasters at the moment. A Minority Report series is also on the way from Fox, while Martin Freeman’s Fargo was a recent hit for Channel 4, following in the snowy footsteps of the Coen Brothers’ movie. And single-camera series About a Boy, the second adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel after the big-screen version, has been renewed for a second season by NBC.

While the Big (if it’s indeed called that) series will need to work as a standalone project, likely to be loosely based on the original, it definitely doesn’t need to shy away from re-imagining a few of these classic moments from the film…

The red-eyed stare of Zoltar

Surely someone hung on to this prop? Wheel him out for a not-so-instant action replay.

A first (and last) taste of Beluga caviar 

That piano moment

Altogether now… dum, dum, dummmm, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, daaaaa….

Misunderstanding a sleepover with a woman

With the “I get to be on top” line for added awkwardness

Plus a lot of playing with toys


Maybe even a few episodes just dedicated to this moment