Back in 2001 Warner Bros. released a police drama that is beloved by many people titled Training Day. The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua based off a screen play by David Ayer and starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows a rookie that is on his first day with the LAPD’s dangerous inner-city narcotics unit. He is escorted by a veteran officer who after years in the unit has blurred the line between being the law and those that he swore to bring to justice. Training Day ended up grossing over $100 million worldwide and lead to Washington winning his second Oscar and his first as a lead. Hawke was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the rookie narcotics detective.
Now according to Collider, Warner Bros. has brought in Black List writer Nick Yarborough to write a prequel to the first film. Their sources claim that the prequel is supposed to be set about ten years earlier than the original film in late April of 1992, two days before the Rodney King verdict was delivered. History tells us that the city of Los Angeles was on edge ready to explode that week, which as we know lead to the L.A. riots. The film would follow a younger Alonzo Harris.
Since the project is still in very early stages of development, there is currently no director attached yet to the film. There is also still no word on any of the producers, unfortunately the original producer Bobby Newmyer passed away in 2005. We’ll have to wait and see if any of the other members of the production team like Fuqua and Ayer would be involved in the project.
Something interesting to point out about this project is the timeline as Washington was 46 when the film was released. With the prequel planned to be ten years earlier, it would make sense that the studios would be looking for an actor about ten years younger than that. Washington’s son John David Washington is currently 37 years old and sounds just like his father. Currently he is filming the lead in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is also a Warner Bros. film. But the question is would he even want to take on the role that his father won an Oscar for? In Straight Outta Compton, we saw O’Shea Jackson Jr., so of Ice Cube, do a fantastic job at playing the role of his father. Granted this is a different situation but it’s still an actor playing the role of their father.
Training Day is one of my favorite films of all time and it would be great to visit that world again. Are you excited to see a prequel to Training Day developed? Let us know in the comment section below!
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