The transition from the big screen to the small is often fraught with danger, as has been seen with series like Limitless. Even Lethal Weapon, the beloved action franchise that has been turned into a comedy with Damon Wayans as Roger Murtaugh and Clayne Crawford as Martin Riggs respectively. Now CBS have a fresh offering via Training Day, based off the 2001 neo-noir crime drama of the same name.
With Denzel Washington in the leading role as shady cop Alonzo Harris, his character made Ethan Hawke's Jake Hoyt question everything he knew about the workings of the L.A.P.D. The film culminated by leaving Harris to his ultimate demise. Such was the gravitas and standing of the movie, Washington won Best Actor at the 74th edition of the Academy Awards.
Paxton Steps Into Denzel's Big Boots
This will only be the second time Bill Paxton has worked on a television series following his work on HBO's Big Love. The Aliens, Twister and Apollo 13 star made an appearance alongside Washington in the 2013 action flick 2 Guns. But now has the task of playing the main protagonist in detective Frank Roarke, an L.A.P.D. officer who will do whatever is necessary to get the job done.
With Justin Cornwell filling the rookie cop void from Hawke, Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall has a lot of scope to expand on the character's backstories. With Katrina Law and Drew Van Acker playing key roles among the remainder of the cast. The pilot will make a debut on February 2 with a second mooted a week later on February 9, yet no further episodes have been given the guarantee from the network.
Movie Remakes Now Common Practice
CBS President of Entertainment Glenn Gellar was very frank about the recreations that might have some up in arms about the state of network television. Outlining how regular an occurrence this is, Gellar gave Training Day his full support.
“We buy IPs (intellectual properties) every year,” Gellar remarked. “I think they have just as good a shot as getting on as a show that doesn’t have a title that is well known. I don’t think you can judge a show just because of a title. We’ve also had a lot of success with IPs. Hawaii Five-O, Elementary, Under the Dome, we have had success. I think Training Day has just as good a shot as any and it happens to be a great show.”
While a number of fans enjoyed the remake of Limitless on the small screen, Gellar quashed rumors that behind the scenes conflicts killed the project.
“No creative behind the scenes problems,” replied the President. “Look, we have to make determinations based on how we feel going forward. We can only pick up so many things. I really liked the show, but if it’s not connecting with the viewers, then we can’t bring it back.”