CBS has officially ordered a pilot for a “Training Day” TV series, TheWrap has learned.
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.
This will invert the dynamic of the 2001 film, in which Ethan Hawke played an idealistic LAPD detective who is partnered with a detective played by Denzel Washington who is more criminal than cop. Washington won an Academy Award for best actor for his role in the film.
Antoine Fuqua, who directed the film, will serve as director and executive producer on the pilot. Former LAPD homicide detective Will Beall will also serve as executive producer in addition to writing. Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman are also executive producing. KristieAnne Reed will serve as co-executive producer.
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.