‘Training Day’ TV Series Lands at CBS, Fuqua Confirmed to Direct
CBS has flexed its interest in adapting major movies to the small screen this past year with the likes of Limitless and Rush Hour, and now looks to do the same for Antoine Fuqua’s Training Day port. The adapted series has officially landed on the eye network with a put-pilot, but what might change in translation?
Variety first reported the news, also confirming that original film director Fuqua will return to executive produce and direct the pilot installment. The report also mentions that the series is set in modern L.A, “picking up 15 years after the events of the Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures film,” though this likely isn’t meant to imply and kind of direct sequel.
Also unknown, is if the new iteration would follow through on a previously-mentioned tweak of the older officer being cast as Caucasian, with the younger trainee African-American, a reversal of Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke’s pairing from the film. Fuqua will team with Jerry Bruckheimer, alongside CSI alum Jonathan Littman, with the pilot written by actual former LAPD detective and Gangster Squad writer Will Beall.
Suicide Squad director David Ayer wrote the original iteration, which saw Washington as corrupt L.A. detective Alonzo Harris, and Hawke as his fledgling partner Jake Hoyt. The film also notably included Daredevil star Scott Glenn, Fear The Walking Dead lead Cliff Curtis, Eva Mendes, Terry Crews, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Macy Gray.
Training Day for now only has a put pilot commitment, but how should we imagine CBS stretching the concept into a full series? Check out the original trailer below: