Training Day will distance itself from the movie in its quest for Season 2 renewal, producers of the CBS drama have revealed, per Deadline:
Fans of the movie Training Day shouldn’t expect to see appearances by Denzel Washington’s notorious character Detective Alonzo Harris or Ethan Hawke’s Jake Hoyt in the new CBS series that’s premiering February 2 at 10 PM.
“We wanted to respectfully give them some distance on the show,” says executive producer Will Beall, “I liked what Noah Hawley did with Fargo, how the TV show existed in the same universe. Aside from the snow scrapper in the snow, the stories didn’t scrape together.”
Fuqua says that while the feature was like Hearts Of Darkness in how the two protag cops journey up the river in L.A.’s underworld and descend into a greater murk, on the TV series Paxton’s Detective Frank Rourke is a guy “who made it up the river and is trying to find his way back” says Fuqua.
Unlike the movie, where Hawke’s character comes under the spell of Washington’s bad influence, the CBS series “isn’t about Kyle’s seduction, but Frank’s redemption. It’s about these guys who push and pull on each other,” says Beall.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the cancel/renew status of Training Day Season 2…