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Why a Training Day prequel is UNLIKELY
Photo: © ANP

Why a Training Day prequel is UNLIKELY

Why a Training Day prequel is UNLIKELY
Photo: © ANP

Legacy prequels and sequels are the in-thing in Hollywood at the moment, but one movie that is unlikely to receive that treatment is Training Day.

Antoine Fuqua's action thriller was released in 2001 to critical acclaim, with Denzel Washington winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Detective Alonzo Harris.

It told the story of a young cop, played by Ethan Hawke, who is taken under the wing of an infamous narcotics detective over a 24-hour period in Los Angeles.

There was talk of a prequel or a sequel, but the former is very unlikely due to the time that has passed and Washington getting older.

“There was a time when a prequel for Training Day sounded interesting, but it would have had to be done with Denzel back then, when he was closer to that age," director Fuqua told Digital Spy.

"It would have been exciting what he did in Vegas. I just don’t think it would be the same without him. I’m not sure. It’s still good over evil, no matter what. No matter how seductive evil can be, you still make the right choices, but the world has changed.”

A proposed prequel would have focused on Alonzo Harris 10 years before the events of Training Day.

Training Day
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Training Day (2001)

Jake Hoyt begins his first day with the narcotics squad. Alonzo Harris, the leader of the team, turns out not to do everything by the book. In an unorthodox way, he tries to get Jake ready for the job, but is the way he does it lawful?

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Stars: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Scott Glenn

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Training Day prequel

Back in 2019, reports emerged that Warner Bros. were developing a Training Day prequel, but neither Washington nor Fuqua were slated to be involved. It was to be written by Pawn Sacrifice scribe Nick Yarborough.

A Training Day television series sequel was actually produced in 2017, but it was cancelled after one season. It was set 15 years after the movie and did not feature Hawke or Washington.

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