Big Is Coming Back to Theaters for Its 30th Anniversary

Break out your giant piano: Big is coming back to theaters! As Entertainment Weekly reports, the hit Tom Hanks-starring comedy will be making its triumphant return to the big screen to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary, courtesy of Turner Classic Movies and 20th Century Fox.

Though the movie itself was released on June 3, 1988, these special anniversary screenings will take place next month. More than 700 theaters across the country will welcome Big back into cinemas on July 15 and July 18, with 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. screenings on both days.

Though the role of Josh Baskin—a teenager who magically gets his wish to be a grown-up, with both hilarious and dramatic complications—seemed tailor-made for Hanks and his talents, the production wasn’t all smooth sailing. Originally, Steven Spielberg (whose sister co-wrote the script with Gary Ross) was attached to direct, with Harrison Ford in the lead. When Penny Marshall came on board, Hanks was her first choice, but he passed on the part (as did Kevin Costner, Warren Beatty, Albert Brooks, and a string of other in-demand actors). Robert De Niro was attached for a time, but that eventually fell apart, too.

Fortunately, the project came full circle and Hanks was eventually convinced to come aboard. He earned his first of five (and counting) Best Actor Oscar nominations for the role.

Locally on July 17:

 

  • Paradiso Cinema
    584 S Mendenhall Rd, Memphis, TN 38117
  • Oxford Commons
    206 Common Wealth Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655
  • Movies 8 Tupelo
    1001 Barnes Crossing Road, Tupelo, MS 38804

Locally on July 18

 

  • Paradiso Cinema
    584 S Mendenhall Rd, Memphis, TN 38117
  • Oxford Commons
    206 Common Wealth Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655
  • Movies 8 Tupelo
    1001 Barnes Crossing Road, Tupelo, MS 38804