For reasons only the studio and their maker knows, Warner Brothers Premiere is developing a straight-to-DVD sequel to 2001’s Training Day, the film that garnered Denzel Washington an Oscar and Ethan Hawke a supporting actor nod. The interesting wrinkle here is that the script was penned by Antwone Fisher, who also wrote Denzel Washington’s directorial debut, Antwone Fisher (which was based on the writer’s life, natch). I assume that the relationship played some basis in Fisher’s role in writing the sequel, although neither Denzel Washington nor Ethan Hawke are expected to return.
That doesn’t mean that they can’t use the same character. The story picks up eight years after the original. Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke’s character) is still working the narcotics beat, but he’s an old and grizzled veteran now. He’s teamed up for a day with a new trainee, a black officer. Now, it’s Jake’s turn to train the young cop in the ways of the street, as they go after thugs and murderers. What Jake doesn’t realize, however, is that he’s also being pursued by someone else, who is seeking revenge.
That’s typical straight-to-DVD fare. It’s Fisher’s second feature effort since his biographical film; the other was ATL.
I wonder who they’ll get to play Jake? Who is the poor man’s Ethan Hawke these days? Shawn Hotosy?