There is a change in the director’s chair of CBS’ drama pilot Training Day. Antoine Fuqua, director of the acclaimed 2001 feature, had been also slated to direct the pilot. He has now pulled out of helming duties, with Danny Cannon (Gotham) stepping in to direct.
The director change was prompted by a scheduling conflict for Fuqua, who has been working on his upcoming feature The Magnificent Seven and has not been able to pull away to do the pilot. He remains on board as an executive producer on the project he originated. 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 writer Will Beall.
The feature starred Denzel Washington as a rogue narcotics detective and Ethan Hawke as his rookie cop partner. The TV series project, set 15 years after the film left off, gives the dynamic of the characters a twist. In it, an idealistic young African-American police officer is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian detective.
There had been an idea for Hawke to reprise his role as the rogue cop or a Deputy Chief, but that is not happening. The pilot is now casting.
Fuqua and Beall executive produce Training Day with Jerry Bruckheimer TV’s Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman for WBTV, Fuqua Films and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producing. Cannon will serve as an executive producer on the pilot. He most recently stayed with Fox/WBTV’s Gotham as an executive producer after directing the pilot. He did the same on CSI and the CW/WBTV’s Nikita, whose pilots he also directed.
Cannon is repped by CAA.