‘Training Day’ TV Series From Antoine Fuqua & Jerry Bruckheimer Eyed By Nets

EXCLUSIVEAntoine Fuqua’s Training Day is heading to television. I hear Fuqua has teamed with producer Jerry Bruckheimer for a series adaptation of his popular 2001 feature, which starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The hot package, from Warner Bros TV, whose sibling Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures were behind the movie, is being shopped to the broadcast networks. I hear all of the Big 4 are taking the pitch for the project written by Will Beall.

fuquaI hear it was Fuqua’s idea to do the neo-noir crime thriller as a TV series. He approached WBTV and also brought on board studio-based Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Beall. Fuqua is executive producing and will likely direct the potential pilot, written by Beall, who has feature (Gangster Squad), television (Castle) and police background as a former LAPD detective.

The 2001 feature, written by David Ayer, centered on a rookie LAPD cop (Hawke) who goes on a day-long training course with a rogue detective from narcotics (Washington).

I hear that the series, from WBTV, Fuqua Films and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, would focus on the relationship between the two cops. It would be taking place 15 years after the movie, set in the LAPD of 2015. I also hear that the premise may get a twist, with the rookie cop being black and the corrupt older cop being white.

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Fuqua and Beall executive produce with Jerry Bruckheimer TV’s Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. The company’s KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producing.

The 2001 movie was a critical and commercial hit, earning Oscar nominations for both Washington and Hawke, and a win for Washington.

Fuqua’s latest movie, Southpaw, just opened, and he is directing The Magnificent Seven, which co-stars Washington and Hawke. Beall is wrapping up writing two feature projects based on famous characters, Robin Hill and The Legend Of  Conan. Fuqua, Beall and Jerry Bruckheimer TV are repped by CAA.

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  1. Ayeron Aug 7, 2015 9:38 am

    How’s David Ayer feel about this?

    • on Aug 7, 2015 11:09 am


  2. Anonymouson Aug 7, 2015 9:48 am

    Denzel was the movie. No Denzel, nothing more to see.

    • on Aug 7, 2015 10:27 am

      I agree.

    • Murica!on Aug 7, 2015 10:37 am

      Exactly! No point in making it without Denzel Washington.

  3. Hoyaon Aug 7, 2015 9:59 am

    No one wants to watch the PG-rated version of Training Day. One of the reasons the movie worked was because it felt authentic. That authenticity cannot survive the content standards imposed by the FCC.

    • jackweiss1on Aug 7, 2015 3:00 pm

      It can if it finds its way to Showtime or HBO.

    • Polar Penguinon Aug 12, 2015 9:07 am

      There is nothing realistic about a rookie white cop turning against his fraternity to protect people of color.

  4. on Aug 7, 2015 10:16 am

    Fuqua’s the name of the business school at Duke – is it the same person/family?

  5. on Aug 7, 2015 10:20 am


  6. maydoyon Aug 7, 2015 10:22 am

    How is this Fuqua’s ‘Training day”? It was written by David Ayers. He was simply the director. It would be nice to get the story and how Ayers intellectual property get appropriated without him.

    • Anonymouson Aug 7, 2015 10:57 am

      The rights for the creator of a TV show differ than someone that wrote a movie, as with a feature the studio can do whatever they want with a movie such as incept a sequel or turn it into a TV show. Unlike Cameron Crowe, Ayer isn’t objecting so he’ll probably just take the money and look the other way… if this even happens. It doesn’t sound like a particularly good idea, rebooting a star vehicle without the star.

  7. 'Lonzoon Aug 7, 2015 10:26 am

    This is going to be an awesome show! Anonymous, feel free to not watch it… you will be the only one.

  8. Mon Aug 7, 2015 10:42 am

    Boooooorstein crushing it!!!

  9. on Aug 7, 2015 11:34 am

    for the love of Jesus…. make it a cable show.

  10. Casey S. Guttingon Aug 7, 2015 11:43 am

    Reblogged this on the cola and commented:
    Training Day the TV series!?!?! LOVE IT.

  11. Tiffanyon Aug 7, 2015 2:23 pm

    This will fail. It was called Training DAY for a reason; it took place in a day. Open and shut. This is not a TV story. Le sigh Hollywood.

  12. jackweiss1on Aug 7, 2015 2:59 pm

    Denzel’s greatest role…as a bad guy, no less. Seriously, one of the, if not THE, best LA street cop flicks of all time. Ethan was super as well.

  13. Don Jon Aug 7, 2015 3:58 pm

    This will be really hard to pull off as a network series especially with the FCC in the way. WB TV should really try to sell this to a cable channel like FX or AMC.

  14. Georgeon Aug 7, 2015 6:58 pm

    The last Smart Character driven Crime Drama on TV was The Chicago Code and it only lasted One season. It was created by Shawn Ryan(The Shield). This all seems like a move to get momentum on TV development deal. The bar is too high creatively to have to compromise for 4 quadrant demographic.