Wishbone feature film in the works

Wishbone SherlockWishbone is getting a feature film!

Universal Pictures and Mattel Films are currently developing a movie adaptation of the PBS 1990s series about the literature-loving Jack Russell terrier.

According to a report by Deadline, Academy Award-winning producer Peter Farrelly (Green Book) will be producing the film with Roy Parker (This House is Not for Sale) penning the script. This will be the first theatrical collaboration between Mattel Films and Universal Pictures. The project will be overseen by Robbie Brenner and Kevin McKeon for Mattel Films and Lexi Barta for Universal.

Wishbone the TV series was created by Rick Duffield and ran on PBS from 1996 through 2001. The show chronicled the adventures of the Jack Russell terrier named Wishbone who lived with his owner, Joe Talbot, in the fictional town of Oakdale, Texas. The dog enjoyed imagining that he was the lead character from works of classic literature such as Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Darcy, Robin Hood, Tom Sawyer, Jim Hawkins, Romeo, Hercules, Odysseus, and Robinson Crusoe.

Only viewers would hear his internal monologues and the audience would join him on his many literary adventures. These literary escapades would usually coincide with real-life situations experienced by Joe and his friends. The series won four Daytime Emmy awards, a Peabody award, and two TCA awards and also spawned a book series.

Brenner discussed the project in a statement, saying:

“Our deep library of iconic franchises continues to offer cinematic storytelling opportunities…We’re thrilled to be working with Peter Farrelly, Roy Parker and Universal to take the beloved dog classic into a new direction with a modern reimagination of the franchise.”

Other Mattel Films projects that are currently in development include American Girl, Barbie, Barney, Hot Wheels, Magic 8 Ball, Major Matt Mason, Masters of the Universe, and View Master.

Watch this space for more updates on the Wishbone live-action feature film.