Fifteen years after its release, Training Day remains requisite viewing for fans of intense, high-octane police dramas. The moral ambiguity of Antoine Fuqua’s cop thriller excited critics and audiences on its release and has since become a modern classic with its exploration of right, wrong, and the shades of grey that obfuscate the two. Its staying power is impressive in today’s short-attention-span world, easily making it one of the best police movies in recent history.
David Ayer’s (Suicide Squad) script and Fuqua’s gritty direction captivated the imaginations of all who saw it, and star Denzel Washington (The Equalizer) eventually won an Academy Award for best actor for his performance as Detective Alonzo Harris. Washington starred opposite Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) as the leader of an elite squad of LAPD officers tasked with fighting the war on drugs using questionable tactics that crossed the lines of legality. Training Day was an unforgettable look at the nebulous line between legal and illegal and now, it seems, the story will get the chance to live on.
The Wrap is reporting that CBS has ordered a pilot based on the movie. News of a pilot has been circulating for some time, but a network order could mean good things for the series. Set 15 years after the events of the movie, the pilot is said to follow an idealistic young black detective assigned to the elite squad under its jaded and morally suspect white supervisor. This, of course, is a complete role reversal from the film.
The pilot is being directed and executive produced by Fuqua and written by former LAPD detective Will Beall (Castle). Fuqua’s participation could be a sign of good things to come for the series, as his pilot should largely set the tone for the episodes that follow should Training Day make it to the air. While Ayer’s script and Washington’s performance were integral to the success of the film back in 2001, Fuqua’s depiction of the gritty streets of Los Angeles helped send the movie over the edge into classic territory.
Still, television adaptations of popular movies are often hit or miss. CBS has had luck this season with its adaptation of Limitless, which took the concepts of the 2011 Bradley Cooper vehicle and expanded upon them to make it fit within the network's typical procedural formula. However, the annals of TV history are littered with failed attempts to recapture the magic of big screen successes and it’s quite possible this could be another footnote in that sad chapter.
Fuqua is no stranger to adaptations, however. His 2014 reteaming with Washington, The Equalizer, reimagined the concepts of an '80s television series and turned it into an exciting action/thriller. It will be interesting to see if he can reverse the magic to bring Training Day to TV screens. Little is known about the Training Day television series at this point, but with pilot season now kicking into high gear there’s sure to be more information regarding cast and plot as the weeks continue.
Screen Rant will keep you up to date on Training Day-related news as it becomes available.
Source: The Wrap