Among the many TV reboots and reimaginings going on at the moment, CBS is mounting a series based on Antoine Fuqua‘s hit 2001 cop drama “Training Day,” a.k.a. the movie that landed Denzel Washington an Oscar. And the team behind the show is swinging for the fences, hoping to convince Ethan Hawke to reprise his role.
Deadline reports the actor is being approached about playing Jake Hoyt again, noting, however, that Hawke hasn’t exactly been super gung-ho about the project. In fact, there were two versions of pilot script, one centered on the corrupt Jake Hoyt, and another (that got greenlit), where a new character named Frank is the ethically dubious one, while Hoyt is in support as the Deputy Chief. Apparently, Hawke would be fine with popping up in the show here and there like Bradley Cooper in “Limitless,” but not so much in a regular recurring role (which even that second pilot script would require). So, this seems a long way from happening at the moment.
But Hawke’s movie career is thriving, so why would he be interested in reprising a role from 15 years ago on a network show? In fact, THR reports that he’s just signed up for the thriller, “24 Hours To Live.” Longtime second unit and stunt director Brian Smrz will make his second feature film with this project, which follows an assassin who is given another shot at life after being revived by his employer. I don’t know about you, but I guess he will have approximately twenty-four hours to live.
The project will be shopped around for buyers at the upcoming European Film Market.