One of pop culture’s most-beloved Jack Russell Terriers is coming to the big screen.
“Wishbone,” the popular PBS children’s series that produced 50 episodes from 1995 to 1997, is being adapted for a theatrical film, it was announced on Wednesday.
The original “Wishbone” series starred the aforementioned terrier as he reenacted scenes from classic literature. It won four Daytime Emmy awards, two TCA awards and a Peabody award, Deadline reported. Its new film adaption will reportedly be a modern, family-friendly comedy.
This isn’t the dog’s first foray into film. Nerdist noted that PBS aired “Wishbone’s Dog Days of the West,” a made-for-TV movie, in 1998.
Variety magazine reported that the “Wishbone” film will be produced by Peter Farrelly (“Green Book,” “Dumb and Dumber”), written by Roy Parker (“This House is Not for Sale”), produced by Mattel Films and distributed by Universal Pictures.
Mattel Films is the movie production arm of toy giant Mattel. The company has a number of film projects in the works, including a “Barbie” film starring Margot Robbie and written by Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”) and Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”), a live-action Hot Wheels movie and a “Barney” adaptation.
As Vulture noted, ’90s-era PBS shows are becoming major fodder for new film/TV projects. “The Magic School Bus” is getting rebooted on Netflix, and “Ghostwriter” was recently revived on Apple TV Plus.
As for other ’90s-era terriers, still no word on the “Frasier” dog getting his own movie.