Training Day TV Series

TVLine Items: Training Day Series In the Works, Colbert's First Guest and More

Here’s a piece of news that might make Fox’s ears perk up: A small-screen adaptation of Training Day is reportedly in the works.

According to our sister site Deadline, Antoine Fuqua — who directed the 2001 feature film — has teamed with producer Jerry Bruckheimer to develop a TV series based on the crime thriller, which starred Ethan Hawke as a Los Angeles narcotics officer who, on his first day, goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective (Denzel Washington).

Fuqua will executive-produce and likely direct the potential pilot, which will reportedly take place 15 years after the events of the movie and focus on the relationship between the two cops.

Training Day is currently being shopped to the broadcast networks and has yet to find a home — but it should be noted that Fox is currently developing TV series of such films as Fatal Attraction, Urban Cowboy and The Expendables.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* George Clooney will be Stephen Colbert’s first Late Show guest on Sept. 8, the host tweeted Friday.

* Lost vet Terry O’Quinn has joined the cast of The Patriot, Amazon’s dramedy pilot from Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) about the Allerton family. Per The Hollywood Reporter, O’Quinn will play Tom Allerton, a State Department director of intelligence and father to an undercover spy and congressman.

* Descendants: Set It Off, a half-hour behind-the-scenes special about Disney’s hit movie Descendants, will air Sunday, Aug. 9, at 9:30 pm on Disney Channel.

* ABC Family on Thursday announced the cast of Guilt, its drama pilot centering on an American in London who becomes the prime suspect in her roommate’s savage murder. The potential series will star Daisy Head (Endeavour) as Grace, the murder suspect in question; Billy Zane (Titanic) as American defense attorney Stan Gutterie; Katrina Law (Arrow) as Olivia, Grace’s older sister; and relative newcomer Zachary Fall as Luc, Grace’s boyfriend in London.

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9 Comments
  1. dj says:

    Uh, sounds like the Amanda Knox story

  2. Mr. Tran K says:

    So excited to see George Clooney as Colbert’s first guest on The Late Show come September 8th. Wonder if they’re going to do a Gravity spoof. As for the TV version of Training Day, King Kong ain’t got nothin’ on that.

  3. AJ says:

    Training day doesn’t need a sequel. The movie ended with Alonzo dying so they would have to retcon that. Besides, I’m not interested in it if Wasington and Hawke aren’t back.

    • Mike says:

      An adaptation isn’t necessarily a sequel, you know.

      • cg313 says:

        but it’s said to take place 15 years after the events of the movie. So it sounds like if not sequel continuation. But like AJ said Denzel’s character was killed in the end of the movie or so it seems, so how can you do even a continuation?

  4. Angela says:

    LOL at Colbert’s tweet :D.
    Pretty good start there with Clooney as a guest! I can’t wait for his show to start-seeing him on “The Daily Show” last night reminded me how much I missed seeing him on TV.

  5. Pattie says:

    Having George Clooney is perfect, he represents politics and entertainment, and let’s face it, Colbert became his character so perfectly it’s not going to be easy to just be the entertainer he is right away. Fantastic cross over possibilities! He’s a genius, what did I expect? I know they trapped and appeared to have Denzel at the end of Training Day, but did we see him dead? And if they advance these guys by 15 years, so what? It doesn’t matter that a 61 year old Denzel and a 15 year older rookie Ethan aren’t in a TV version of a show that won’t be the movie but is using the name to get a pilot made! Sheesh.