Bill Paxton will take on the Denzel Washington role in CBS’ upcoming contemporary reimagining of Antoine Fuqua’s 2001 corrupt L.A. cop drama “Training Day”.
The original film starred Washington as a rogue narcotics detective and Ethan Hawke as his rookie cop partner. The new take is set fifteen years later and follows two new characters in the same style relationship, but effectively swaps the races.
In this version an idealistic young African-American police officer, Kyle Craig, is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with seasoned, morally ambiguous detective Frank Rourke (Paxton).
Rourke is a veteran LAPD cop who heads up the special unit and lives by the law of the jungle, chasing the bad guys where the law won’t. Frank understandably isn’t keen to be babysitting new by-the-book trainee Kyle.
Will Beall penned the new show and will executive produce alongside Fuqua, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. Danny Cannon will direct the pilot.
Source: The Live Feed