The new Training Day movie is officially happening, according to tax recent tax filings – and it looks like it’ll be filming soon.

Well it may not be the most interesting way to find out that a movie is going into production, but the California Film Commission’s recent list of projects that will be receiving tax credits includes Training Day: Day Of The Riot. The project looks set to be the long-gestating prequel to Antoine Fuqua’s searing ‘a day in the life’ action thriller, Training Day which launched all the way back in 2001.

The prequel is said to be set around the time of the LA riots, invoking the shadow of Rodney King, an enraged Los Angeles and the possible inclusion of Denzel Washington’s son. A return to the world of Training Day, which charted the fortunes of two very different cops surviving as best as they could in a dangerous L.A. community, is a rather interesting prospect. There’s a few reasons for that too.

Firstly, the setup: according to reports the film will take place ten years before the original, two days before the infamous verdict in the trial of police brutality victim, Rodney King, that sparked riots across the city. Also interesting is the rumoured casting of John David Washington as a younger version of Alonzo Harris, the original film’s co-lead, memorably portrayed by Washington’s father, Denzel, who bagged an Oscar for his performance in the 2001 film.

Nick Yarborough was engaged to pen the script for the film. Yarborough’s screenplay, Letters From Rosemary Kennedy, was voted onto the Hollywood blacklist in 2016 and is currently in development, with Elisabeth Moss attached to star.

We’d expect to hear casting announcements on this one pretty soon, so we’ll bring you more updates as we hear them.


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