Antoine Fuqua and Jerry Bruckheimer are teaming up to bring TRAINING DAY to television. The classic crime thriller, which featured Ethan Hawke as a rookie cop and Denzel Washington as his corrupt mentor, will be turned in a series adaptation from Warner Bros. TV. While no network has been attached yet, it is rumored that NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox are all taking the pitch.
The TV series will be set 15 years after the events in the film, in present day Los Angeles. It is said to focus on the relationship between the two cops. The film was a critical and commercial success, garnering Oscar nominations for both Hawke and Washington, with Washington winning for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
The TV adaptation will be scripted by Gangster Squad writer Will Beall, who also has television experience, as a writer on the hit ABC show Castle. He’s the perfect man for the job, as he is also a former LAPD detective. The original film was written by David Ayer, who has gone on direct to End of the Watch, Fury, and the upcoming Suicide Squad.
Fuqua, Beall, Bruckheimer, and Johnathan Littman will executive produce, with KristieAnne Reed co-executive producing.
Fuqua will soon be reunited with his Training Days stars, as they are part of the ensemble cast of The Magnificent Seven, along with Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett, Matt Bomer, and Peter Sarsgaard.
Beall’s upcoming projects include Warner Bros.’ Robin Hood reboot. He also wrote a draft of the first Justice League movie, due out in 2017, as well as Aquaman, set to be released in 2018.
Beall is repped by CAA and Management 360. Fuqua is repped by CAA.
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Kristen McRobbie | Staff Writer