Disney+ Developing ‘Turner & Hooch’ TV Series Based On The Classic Movie
Disney has delved into its enormous back catalogue of properties for its streaming service once again and put into development a tv series based on the 1989 Tom Hanks movie ‘Turner & Hooch’ it has been revealed.
For those of you that don’t know the film, ‘Turner & Hooch’ was a “buddy-cop” movie, with the twist that one of the duo was a dog. Tom Hanks played police investigator Scott Turner, who finds himself looking after a dog, Hooch, when his owner, a close friend of Scott, is murdered. Scott has no experience with dogs and looks to offload Hooch on a friend, but when his new pup pal chases a potential suspect in the killing of his friend, Scott realises the dog may actually be able to help in the investigation.
The series comes from Matt Nix, who is probably best known as the creator of the brilliant ‘Burn Notice’, and Marvel series ‘The Gifted’. Nix will write and exec produce with 20th Century Fox TV (now part of the Disney empire) set as the studio. The potential tv series is in very early development stages at the moment, so it is not clear at the moment how closely the plot will stick to the original movie.
The original film, directed by Roger Spottiswoode, also starred Mare Winningham, Reginald VelJohnson, Scott Paulin, J.C. Quinn and Craig Nelson alongside Hanks, and Beasley the Dog. It was a bonified hit, grossing $71 million on a $13 million budget for Touchstone Pictures who produced the movie.
This is not the first time their has been an attempt to make ‘Turner & Hooch’ into a tv series. Back in 1990, Disney ABC produced a pilot with Thomas F. Wilson (aka ‘Back to the Future’s Biff Tannen) in the Turner role. Whilst that didn’t make it to series, it was aired as part of ‘The Magical World of Disney’ anthology series on US TV.
As we said earlier in the article, ‘Turner & Hooch’ is only at the very early development stages right now, but we’ll let you know if it moves forward on Disney+.
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