Antoine Fuqua Will Not Direct ‘Training Day’ Pilot at CBS

Director of 2001 feature film will still executive produce TV adaptation

Antoine Fuqua has dropped out as the director of the pilot for the CBS TV adaptation of “Training Day” due to scheduling conflicts, TheWrap has learned.

Danny Cannon, who serves as an executive producer and director for Fox’s “Gotham,” will direct instead. Fuqua will still serve as executive producer on the project, which is based on the 2001 film that he directed. Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman will also executive produce. KristieAnne Reed will serve as co-executive producer.

Fuqua is currently in production on his remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” which reunites him with original “Training Day” stars Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington.

In this reimagining that begins 15 years after the film left off, 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.

Former LAPD detective Will Beall, who wrote the original movie, is also writer of the pilot. Warner Bros. Television will produce along with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Fuqua Films. Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures produced the original film.

This marks the latest attempt to adapt a film to the small screen. CBS found success in fall 2015 with their adaptation of “Limitless,” with Bradley Cooper serving as executive producer after starring in the 2011 film. CBS will also debut a television adaptation of the “Rush Hour” film series on March 31.

Other film-t0-TV adaptations have not been so lucky. Fox struck out with “Minority Report,” based on the 2002 Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg film. The show averaged less than 2.1 million viewers per episode, leading Fox to cancel it after one season.