Well it's official, Training Day is being turned into a TV series as CBS is creating a TV pilot with the movie's original director.According to Deadline, CBS has given a pilot order to Training Day, a drama series reboot of Antoine Fuqua's acclaimed 2001 feature film that starred Denzel Washington as a narcotics detective gone bad and a rookie cop partner. From Deadline:
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.”According to reports, it was Fuqua's idea to remake the neo-noir crime thriller as a TV series. He originally approached Jerry Bruckheimer TV and WBTV to produce the production. Fuqua will executive produce and direct the pilot. According to Deadline, CBS has been looking for a new buddy cop series.
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).Stay tuned for casting calls, job opportunities and more news for the upcoming Training Day series.