Can a rebooted version of Turner & Hooch become Disney+’s next Baby Yoda? Development on the buddy cop series Turner & Hooch is moving along for the streaming service as two new HUMAN leads were announced today: Lyndsy Fonseca and Carra Patterson. Fonseca is an alum of shows like Agent Carter and Nikita, as well as both Kick-Ass movies. Patterson has starred in the E! series The Arrangement and Straight Outta Compton.
Josh Peck (of the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and Drake & Josh) was previously cast as Turner, the role made famous in the 1989 movie by America’s favorite dad, Tom Hanks.
Hooch himself, played by Beasley the Dog in the original, has not yet been cast for the reboot series. Hopefully, they don’t take a cue from another Fox property, the recently released The Call of the Wild, making Hooch entirely CGI. But if there’s one company that surely has the CGI resources, it’s Disney/Fox.
Fonseca and Patterson’s characters are apparently not from the original movie. Fonseca will be playing Turner’s sister, Laura, who is a dog-lover. Patterson will be playing Turner’s partner, Jessica. In the original movie, Hooch was the long-time pet of a murdered friend, but in the show, it appears Hooch will be Turner’s father’s dog. Turner’s father dies, but Laura suspects it’s something more. Jessica is apparently fine with Hooch becoming Turner’s “partner-in-crime-solving,” although it’s not clear when in the series that will happen.
The series was previously reported as “in development” by Variety in December 2019. With major casting underway just two months later, it would appear the series is coming through the pipeline relatively quickly. The series will be helmed by Matt Nix, who was behind both The Gifted and Burn Notice.
Turner & Hooch was originally a Fox production, but Disney’s acquisition makes Hooch America’s favorite pup… after Pluto and Goofy, of course. Turner & Hooch‘s kid-friendly qualities surely only made it more tantalizing for Disney executives looking to make Disney+ stand out as a family-friendly streaming service.