Director Antoine Fuqua is at work on a TV sequel to his gritty 2001 cop film Training Day.
According to Deadline, Fuqua has teamed up with producer Jerry Bruckheimer for the series, which will reportedly take place 15 years after the events portrayed in the film and focus on the relationship between two police officers. Given that one of the film’s central characters fails to live past the end credits, presumably the TV adaptation will feature an entirely new cast, though that remains unconfirmed.
Fuqua and Bruckheimer have pitched the project to all four broadcast television networks. In addition to serving as producer, Fuqua is expected to direct the pilot episode written by Will Beall (Gangster Squad, Castle).
In related news, Fuqua is just a week removed from the release of his latest feature film, Southpaw. His next film is an adaptation of The Magnificent Seven, which will reunite him with Training Day stars Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, along with Chris Pratt. It’s set for a September 23rd, 2016 release.
Update – Friday, August 14th: CBS has ordered the pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Update – Friday, February 22nd at 2:50 p.m. CT: Bill Paxton has signed on for the lead role, playing “Frank Rourke, a veteran LAPD cop who heads up the Special Investigation Section (SIS), a unit that goes after the worst of the worst. He lives by the law of the jungle and believes that real courage is the will to chase the bad guys where the law won’t. Needless to say, Frank isn’t too keen to be babysitting a new trainee, Kyle Craig (uncast),” according to The Hollywood Reporter.