Well that didn’t take long. A little over a week after the project was taken out to the networks, Warner Bros. Television’s Training Day TV project has landed a CBS with a hefty pilot production commitment.
Based on the feature film of same name starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, Training Day will be set in present day Los Angeles, some 15 years after the events of the movie. Like the original film, the series will follow an up and coming Detective who is teamed up with a rogue narcotics Detective, who knows how to get things done on the street.
The TV adaptation is set up at Warner Bros. Television and is being shepherded by Antoine Fuqua, who directed the original feature film and is also set to helm the pilot. Will Beall is penning the script for the pilot and will also executive produce alongside Fuqua. Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman will also executive producer through their studio based Jerry Bruckheimer Television. KristieAnne Reed is the co-executive producer.
Training Day landed at CBS after the producers pitched the project to the big four network’s over the course of the past week. It quickly became the red hot project in town, with ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox all chasing, before the eye managed to outmanoeuvre their competitors.
It is the latest example of the networks and studios turning to feature film properties which can be developed into long-running TV shows, a trend which really began last development cycle with the likes of Fox’s Minority Report and Rush Hour, as well as ABC’s Uncle Buck.