If one were to compile a list of the most rousing films of the 2000s (and of modern cinema), it would be hard to imagine there not being an entry for the 2001 neo-noir film, Training Day. Written by Suicide Squad’s David Ayer and directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film was quick to cement its legacy among the best the crime genre had to offer, so of course it’s now being looking at for TV series adaptation.
According to Deadline, Fuqua has teamed up with power producer Jerry Bruckheimer, under a package being held at Warner Bros. Television, to take a pitch around to all four major broadcast networks in the coming development season. Currently, it is known that CBS, FOX, ABC and NBC have agreed to hear the pitch, the script of which will be written by Castle writer Will Beall.
According to Deadline:
“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 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.”
That description does come off as a little confusing as, at first, it makes the show seem like a direct sequel to the original film. But given the circumstances of the movie’s ending, a direct sequel would be an unlikely proposition. However, when the synopsis then explains that the race’s of the two cops might be swapped, it seems this could either be a standard adaption, or a sequel that acknowledges the events of the film, but doesn’t actually utilize any of its characters – or utilizes them in a limited manner (see: Limitless).
Training Day is certainly a property that can play in a television format, though the title could become a bit of a joke. Eventually, the rookie cop is going to have to leave training. However, it’s not a surprise the Oscar-winning film is being looked at for adaptation, when a comparable police drama, Joe Carnahan’s Narc, is also being shopped around to television networks. And, like Training Day, that project is also being spearheaded by the original film’s director.
Stay tuned for more on Training Day as it develops.