There's a TRAINING DAY Prequel Film in Development at Warner Bros.
The 2001 Antoine Fuqua-directed film Training Day starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke might be getting a prequel. According to Collider, Warner Bros. has hired Black List scribe Nick Yarborough to write a prequel to the original film. The original film was written by David Ayer (Fury, Suicide Squad), and it’s an incredibly well-made movie!
The prequel story is to 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.” The film will follow a younger version of Washington’s Alonzo Harris.
There’s no word on if anyone involved with the original film will work on the sequel, but it’s safe to say that Washington or Hawke will not be back to reprise their roles. The report suggests that Denzel’s son, John David Washington (BlackKklansman), could easily play a younger version of his dad in the film, but the project isn’t far enough along to start casting it.
The project is in the early stages of development, and other than the writer, there’s no other creative talent attached to it yet. I hope that they at least try to get Fuqua on board. The first film is an incredible movie and it’s hard to imagine that a prequel could be any better, but I’ll bite. I’m curious to see how a prequel film centering around a younger Alonzo Harris would play out.
Would you be up for watching a Training Day prequel?