Disney+ Is Probably Rebooting An Early Tom Hanks Hit As A TV Show

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(Image credit: Sleepless in Seattle Screenshot / TriStar Pictures)
(Image credit: Sleepless in Seattle Screenshot / TriStar Pictures)

Tom Hanks has made a lot of successful movies, so, which one of them do you think may be getting the reboot treatment by Disney+? It is not Sleepless in Seattle! Hint: It is the one where Hanks has a canine co-star! If you guessed Turner & Hooch, you nailed it! Disney+ is reportedly readying a TV version of the beloved movie. Here is what you need to know.

First off, a quick refresher. Turner & Hooch came out in 1989 and was a box office hit. It told the tale of the eponymous Scott Turner, a California-based police detective played by Tom Hanks. Turner eventually adopts Hooch, the dog of a murdered friend, and high jinks ensue between the duo! Fast forward 30 years, and, according to Deadline, Disney+ is eyeing a TV show adaptation!

Burn Notice creator Matt Nix and 20th Century Fox TV are said to be uniting on the project. The Turner & Hooch TV show is reportedly thought to maintain the movie’s basic premise. Following some recent momentum gains, the project is reportedly nearing that much-desired green light. Time will tell what ends up happening!

Will Turner & Hooch’s TV show be an adaptation of the movie’s tale, including that ending? Or will it take the essential story of a detective adopting the dog of his murdered friend and chart its own course with everything else? Another question I have is whether or not the potential Disney+ series will also cast a Dogue de Bordeaux in the role of Hooch. Stay tuned.

News of a potential new Disney+ series comes over a month since the streaming service launched. Despite some first week glitches, I would say that things have been running well so far. Disney+ already has an awards nomination! Meanwhile, the live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, has ushered in the pop culture sensation that is Baby Yoda.

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Given the success of that film franchise’s adaptation, why should Turner & Hooch not be next? I am curious if Tom Hanks and the film’s other stars would be willing to put in a cameo for the TV show. Hanks is still super busy with his film career. However, it would be a neat little nostalgic touch for him to appear somehow!

There are a lot of questions as to how the show will nestle into the universe of the movie. This Turner & Hooch sounds like it will be a reboot. Either way, Turner & Hooch is one of the latest movies to get the television treatment, and the recent spell of those reboots has captured streaming headlines.

HBO Max is readying a potential TV reboot of National Lampoon’s Vacation executive produced by National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki. A Grease spinoff is also in the works at the upcoming streamer. Cue Disney+ battening down the hatches with a Turner & Hooch TV show.

Disney+ has a lot going on with its upcoming MCU shows, and you can now add Turner & Hooch to the new streamer’s list of ambitious projects! A TV adaptation was attempted not too long after the movie’s success. It did not make it to series, but the pilot aired roughly a year after the movie’s premiere in July 1990 as a part of ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney.

Hopefully, this project gets a happier outcome! A premiere date for the potential Turner & Hooch series has not been announced yet. There is a lot currently streaming on Disney+, and many of them are part this winter’s premieres.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.