Collider reports that Warner Bros. is looking to make a prequel movie based on the 2001 Oscar-winning Denzel Washington movie Training Day. The studio has hired screenwriter Nick Yarborough and the film set in Los Angeles during 1992 featuring a younger version of Washington’s Alonzo Harris.

Warner Bros. has tapped Black List scribe Nick Yarborough to write a prequel to the 2001 crime drama Training Day that starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, Collider has exclusively learned.

Sources tell Collider that the prequel is 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 prequel will follow a younger version of Alonzo Harris, a career-defining role that brought Washington his second Oscar, and his first as a lead. 

There had been previously a television series starring the late Bill Paxton.

A director and lead actor have yet to be chosen which are expected to be key factors to the project actually getting made, moving out of the development stage. They do speculate that Denzel’s son John David Washington could be considered to play the Harris role in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, a Warner Bros. film.

Washington’s performance as Alonzo Harris earned him a Best Actor Oscar back in 2002.

The original film was penned by David Ayer and directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Police drama about a veteran officer who escorts a rookie on his first day with the LAPD’s tough inner-city narcotics unit. “Training Day” is a blistering action drama that asks the audience to decide what is necessary, what is heroic and what crosses the line in the harrowing gray zone of fighting urban crime. Does law-abiding law enforcement come at the expense of justice and public safety? If so, do we demand safe streets at any cost?


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