‘Training Day’ Prequel Moves Forward at Warner Bros.

Training Day (Credit: Warner Bros.)

As the 20th anniversary of the release of Training Day approaches, Warner Bros. is looking to bring the story back to life.

The studio is in the early stages of developing a prequel to the 2001 crime thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.

Entertainment industry website Collider, which broke the news, reported Thursday that the studio has hired Nick Yarborough to write the script.

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Washington won a best actor Oscar for playing rogue LAPD detective Alonzo Harris, who stole from drug dealers and committed all sorts of crimes.

The film followed Harris as he trained rookie cop Jake Hoyt (Hawke) over a 24-hour period. Hawke received a supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role.

According to Collider, the prequel will follow a younger version of Harris (who was killed at the end of the original film).

The story will reportedly be set about a decade earlier in April 1992, just before the Rodney King verdict touched off the Los Angeles riots after four LAPD officers were found not guilty of using excessive force.

David Ayer wrote Training Day, which opened on Oct. 5, 2001. The drama grossed more than $104 million worldwide, became a cult classic, and spawned a string of popular one-liners, including “King Kong ain’t got nothing on me!”