Described as a reimagining that begins 15 years after the film left off, the pilot centers around an idealistic young African-American police officer who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD, where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian detective.
Fuqua — who helmed the Warner Bros./Village Roadshow movie, which earned Denzel Washington an Academy Award for lead actor and Ethan Hawke a nomination for supporting actor — will direct the pilot and executive produce. The script was penned by “Gangster Squad” writer Will Beall, who will also executive produce alongside Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. KristieAnne Reed will serve as co-exec producer. The project hails from Warner Bros. Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Fuqua Films.
Other drama pilots in contention at CBS for the 2016-17 season include “Drew,” a contemporary take on Nancy Drew; legal drama “Doubt,” starring Katherine Heigl, Steven Pasquale and Laverne Cox; and “Bunker Hill,” from “Parenthood” creator Jason Katims.
On the comedy side, the network has multicam laffer “The Great Indoors” from “Tosh.0” co-creator Mike Gibbons; “The Kicker,” from “30 Rock” producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock; “My Time/Your Time” from “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas; “Superior Donuts” from “Odd Couple” exec producer Bob Daily; and an untitled comedy based on Australian series “Upper Middle Bogan.” CBS has already given a 13-episode series production commitment to an untitled Kevin James comedy.
Fuqua’s next big screen project is a remake of “The Magnificent Seven” for Sony and MGM, which reunites Washington and Hawke, who star alongside Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Matt Bomer, Lee Byung-hun, Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard.
For detailed information on all of this year’s pilots, see Variety’s Pilot Scorecard.