I certainly can’t have been the only one to be skeptical by the idea of a TRAINING DAY television series. After all, the film is called TRAINING “DAY,” and how could a film really be based on that concept unless it was played out 24-style (which upon reflection is an amazing idea)? Plus, there’s also the fact that the film was such an amazing experience that to try and replicate that on TV would be near impossible. Still, that’s never stopped a studio from trying, and regardless of my worried pleas, the series will continue, but if a recent rumor is true, it may be more interesting than originally thought.
According to Deadline, Ethan Hawke has been approached to reprise his role as Jake Hoyt, the rookie cop from the 2001 Antoine Fuqua film of the same name. The actual details regarding his potential role are unknown, but the outlet goes on to explain that Hawke’s role would likely not just be a one-off appearance, but either a supporting or recurring role in the show. This wasn’t all they had to share. Apparently, there were two potential pilot scripts. The first had Hawke’s character as the corrupt cop (taking the place of Denzel Washington form the first film), but as that direction didn’t seem to suit Hawke, that script has been rewritten (plus, after that movie, who wants to see Hoyt become the corrupt cop?). Now, the current pilot has a different character named Frank as the corrupt cop, and Jake Hoyt as the Deputy Chief, which is a decidedly less prominent role.
Comparisons to Hawke’s role in this series are made to Bradley Cooper’s involvement in the LIMITLESS TV series, though Hawke would likely be more prominent than Cooper is in that show.
If this is indeed the case, then the series wouldn’t just be a spinoff of the film, or a “based on” concept, but rather a sequel set in the same world, which is a killer idea. Given the increasing respect for television, we can’t rule it out. These filmmakers are getting more and more clever on translating some of these properties to the small screen, so we can’t rule out the possibility that this could be amazing.
What do you think of TRAINING DAY becoming more of a sequel than a spiritual retelling? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!