Prequel Day of the Riot Practice Day Advances at Warner Bros.
training day gets a prequel. On Monday, the California Film Commission announced a new round of tax credits for film projects to shoot in the state. By variety, among them was the prequel Training Day: Riot Daywho got $9.1 million in tax credits for Warner Bros. This year, the commission awarded a record $149.2 million in credits for 30 films.
News from the training day the prequel going into production dates back to 2019. At the time, it was reported that Warner Bros. had developed a new training day film that would serve as a prequel to the original film released in 2001. Nick Yarborough was also reportedly brought in to write the screenplay, taking the reins from the original training day writer David Ayer, who went on to make films like suicide squad and Brilliant.
Because it was also reported that the prequel would be set in April 1992, its riot day the title appears to refer to the violent Los Angeles riots of 1992 following Rodney King’s controversial verdict. This followed the acquittal of all officers involved in King’s beating at trial, with the riots lasting from April 29 to May 4. training day prequel would follow a younger version of Denzel Washington’s character, Alonzo Harris. There were also rumors that Washington’s son John David Washington would potentially be a candidate for the role. No director has been named at this time, but with production moving forward, the cast and crew should start to take shape soon.
Antoine Fuqua directed the original training day, which starred Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Cliff Curtis, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. It follows two LAPD narcotics officers over a 24-hour period through the gangrenous neighborhoods of Los Angeles. It was a major box office success with numerous accolades, including Washington winning the Academy Award for Best Actor and Hawke earning a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
Training Day was rebooted as a short-lived TV show
There was previously a new version of Training Day when it was adapted into a television series by CBS in 2017. Set 15 years after the events of the film, the series follows a similar plot with officer Kyle Craig (Justin Cromwell) teaming up. with morally ambiguous detective Frank Roarke (Bill Paxton) to infiltrate the LAPD’s Special Investigations Section. The show premiered in early February, just weeks before Paxton’s death.
With filming completed in the show’s first and only season, Paxton was featured in all 13 episodes, which continued to air after his death. The series was officially canceled by CBS in May, which was expected after Paxton’s death. Prior to the cancellation, it was reported that there would be no other actors playing the role of Frank should the series move forward.
There is no release date on the board for Training Day: Riot Daybut we expect more updates on the project to come soon.
Warner Bros. brought in up-and-coming screenwriter Nick Yarborough to pen a prequel to 2001’s Training Day.
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