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‘Training Day’ Picked Up To Pilot By CBS With Antoine Fuqua Directing

CBS has given a pilot order to Training Day, a drama series reimagining of Antoine Fuqua’s acclaimed 2001 feature that starred Denzel Washington as a rogue narcotics detective and Ethan Hawke as his rookie cop partner.

The project, which had a pilot production commitment, hails from Fuqua, writer Will Beall, Warner Bros. TV and studio-based Jerry Bruckheimer Television.

As we previously reported, the TV series project, set 15 years after the film left off, gives the dynamic of the characters from the movie a twist, with the rookie cop being black and the corrupt older cop being white. In the new Training Day, “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.”

fuquaIt 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 is set to direct the pilot, written by Beall, who has feature (Gangster Squad), television (Castle) and police background as a former LAPD detective.

Buddy cop show has been high on CBS’ wish list. The network launched Battle Creek last season and has the upcoming Rush Hour, also a series adaptation of a popular movie title from WBTV. Training Day is not supposed to clash with Rush Hour — also centered on a diverse duo of cops — as the two shows have very different tones, an hourlong comedy (Rush Hour) and a gritty drama (Training Day).

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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.

The 2001 Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow movie was a critical and commercial hit, earning Oscar nominations for both Washington and Hawke, and a win for Washington.

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  1. on Feb 1, 2016 1:57 pm

    Didn’t NBC just successfully begin to air something similar to Training Day? “Shades of Blue” I believe it is called? Leave it to Hollywood to make a circus out of originality and turn it into a paradoxical sentiment of cinematic cliche. I am still holding out hope for a TV show based on the “Brady Bunch” movies or perhaps, more recently, the “A-team.” While typing that sentence alone, I just realized there already is a drama based on a movie that Bradley Cooper was in, and now there’s a sitcom based on a successful play, that was turned into a movie, then a long-running sitcom, that is now a TV show again. Will the circle ever be unbroken? In a Hollywood moment so focused on the lack of diversity for something so pretentious as an Academy Award, why don’t they take the time to reflect nothing is more daunting than the lack of diverse ideas.

    • NOPE!on Feb 1, 2016 3:47 pm

      You obviously have never seen SHADES OF BLUE because it is NOTHING like TD. So before trying to make a point…know what you are talking about.

      • Datrick Puffyon Feb 1, 2016 4:57 pm

        come on. if i’ve learned anything from the comments on this site it’s that you only have to read the log line to know EXACTLY what happens on an entire tv show and how it’s presented.

        that’s how you get genius comments like ‘Archer is just a carbon copy remake of Get Smart’ or ‘Todd Margaret is a total ripoff of Sledge Hammer!’

        never let a silly thing like the truth get in the way of a good rant.

  2. Georgeon Feb 1, 2016 7:09 pm

    Didn’t The Shield on FX already capitalize on this? CBS is not going to give them creative space to be authentic and nuance to tackle Social issues. We won’t be seeing strong character development or procedural stories akin to novellas. We will just get another procedural that plays like propaganda to make viewers comfortable to believe in a Black and White world.

  3. Samboton Feb 1, 2016 10:54 pm

    The twist is moronic and a confusing pandering umm “device”. I don’t know if this is racist or reverse racist. What? The black cop character can’t be corrupt just like in the original film. Which begs the question how much did the producers actually like the original content. Is somebody trying to prevent a micro-agression? Can’t wait to tune in.