Turner & Hooch is a 1989 comedy film starring Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, and Reginald VelJohnson. It was directed by Roger Spottiswoode; the film was originally slated to be directed by Henry Winkler, but he was terminated due to "creative differences". It was co-written by Michael Blodgett from Beyond the Valley of the Dolls fame. Although K9 (with Jim Belushi) was released prior to this film (four months earlier), Turner & Hooch became more popular and seemingly over-shadowed its success, even though it had a very similar plot. A pilot for a Turner & Hooch TV series was made and ran as a part of Disneyland.