Training Day Prequel in the Works


Training Day is best remembered as the movie that finally won Denzel an Oscar for Best Actor, but it also helped elevate the careers of both director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriter David Ayer (Ayer was directing movies himself just a few years later). It was a commercial success for Warner Brothers and has remained in the cultural conversation over the years, even spawning a short-lived TV series starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell in 2017. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we are hearing this week that the studio is looking to return to the world of Training Day once again in the form of a prequel. Hit the jump for the full rundown.

According to Collider, screenwriter Nick Yarborough has to been hired to pen a prequel to the 2001 crime drama Training Day for Warner Brothers. The movie is said to be set in April of 1992, two days before the Rodney King verdict and the subsequent L.A. riots. No director is currently attached and it is unclear if Antoine Fuqua or David Ayer will have any involvement.

The movie will focus on a younger version of Alonzo Harris, Denzel Washington’s character from the original film. Now obviously that has a lot of people wondering if Denzel’s son John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman, Ballers) might end up taking on the role, but there is no evidence of that happening at the moment. Nick Yarborough’s spec script A Letter from Rosemary Kennedy made the 2016 Black List and currently has Elisabeth Moss attached to star. Do you think a Training Day prequel is a good idea?

  • James Merchant

    Love the idea of this and the setting against the backdrop of the LA riots. Always felt that the original punched above its weight for a mainstream studio movie. Excited to see how this turns out.

  • Lori Cerny

    Maybe better as a mini-series?

  • James Merchant

    Yes possibly. I missed the Bill Paxton series. Any good?