‘Training Day’ Prequel May Come
Warner Bros. has a prequel in the works for the 2001 crime drama that starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.
The original film was successful at the box office with grossing more than $100 million worldwide. At the Academy Awards, it also gave Ethan Hawke a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and Denzel Washington his second Oscar win.
“On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the L.A.P.D. with a rogue detective who isn’t what he appears to be,” describes IMDb the plot for the original 2001 film.
This prequel project is still in its beginning stages, no director or producers have been announced yet, but it’s official that screenwriter Nick Yarborough will pen the script, whose last project “Letters from Rosemary Kennedy” was voted to the 2016 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays.
Collider.com describes the eventual plot which they got to know through sources.
“[…] the prequel will be set nearly a decade earlier in late April of 1992 — two days before the Rodney King verdict was delivered. Los Angeles was already a powder keg just waiting to explode that week, and the verdict led to the L.A. riots. […] will follow a younger version of Alonzo Harris […]” writes Collider’s Jeff Sneider.
Due to the original character’s younger ages in this prequel, it’s most possible that Warner Bros. is looking for young actors to fill the iconic shoes. Some speculate about having Denzel’s 35 years old son, John David Washington, whose currently filming the lead in the studio’s film Tenet (2020) by director Christopher Nolan, but it seems nothing have been offered yet.
Richard Bengtsson | Journalist.
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