'Training Day' Sequel Ordered to Pilot at CBS

Training Day Still - H 2015
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Training Day Still - H 2015

CBS is adding another reboot to its pilot roster.

The network has handed out a pilot order to a reboot of 2001 feature film Training Day, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Described as a reimagining that begins 15 years after the film left off, CBS' Training Day centers on an idealistic young African-American police officer who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian detective. The roles were played by Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington in the feature film. The drama landed at CBS in a competitive situation in August, earning a hefty pilot-production commitment from the network.

Former LAPD detective Will Beall (Castle, Gangster Squad) will pen the script and exec produce alongside Antoine Fuqua, who directed the feature film and will serve in the same capacity on the CBS pilot. Jerry Bruckheimer and his Warner Bros. Television-based banner will exec produce alongside the company's Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed. Fuqua's Fuqua Films is also attached. Warner Bros. Pictures produced the original feature alongside Village Roadshow Pictures.

Training Day comes as feature films and intellectual property continue to be in high demand this pilot season, as broadcast networks look for proven brands in a bid to cut through an increasingly competitive landscape that currently boasts more than 400 scripted originals. Already in the works are TV series based on Rush Hour (CBS), Limitless (CBS), Uncle Buck (ABC) and Minority Report (Fox), with the latter already canceled. Key to the remakes' success is having the original producers involved, as Training Day does with both Warners and Fuqua.

For CBS, Training Day becomes the network's fourth drama pilot this season and first from Warner Bros. Television. It joins Drew, the network's reimagining of a now 20-something Nancy Drew; legal soap Doubt and Jason Katims medical drama Bunker Hill.

Overall, Training Day is the latest big-screen reboot this pilot season. It joins Fox's The Exorcist and Urban Cowboy (though the latter, produced off-cycle, will not move forward); NBC's straight-to-series Taken prequel and The CW's Frequency reimagining that swaps the film's gender roles.

Training Day also arrives as dramas about cops, courts and crime have emerged as one of pilot season's biggest trends

Keep up with all the latest pickups, castings and eventual series orders with THR's handy guide to pilot season.