End of Watch Getting Series Adaptation at Fox
David Ayer‘s hit 2012 film End of Watch is getting a series adaptation at Fox. The network has ordered a script-to-series commitment for the original film that Ayer wrote and directed. Ayer will be co-writing the series alongside David Matthews.
The original film starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña followed two Los Angeles police officers patrolling South Central Los Angeles. The movie takes many turns throughout and is a violently entertaining film. The series is set to follow remain in the same vein by following two young L.A. police officers who are not only partners but friends as well. What happens when they meet a criminal force that is much greater than themselves?
The film was also shot in the “found footage” format as the story unfolds through cameras in the officer’s hands, gang members, surveillance footage, and civilians capturing the footage as the film unfolds. No details were given on whether the series will also be shot using this technique. The original film also starred Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, America Ferrera, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn, and David Harbour and raked in a respectable $58M at the box office.
The most exciting part of the project is certainly seeing Ayer having his hands on the writing of the series. Not only did he pen the original film, but he also wrote the screenplay for Training Day, so when it comes to projects that follow the day-to-day of law enforcement but always offer a deeper narrative than what meets the eye, Ayer is the man you want in the writing room.
Both Matthews and Ayer will serve as executive producers along with Chris Long, Darryll C. Scott, and John Lesher. No release date or casting has been announced as of yet, but stay tuned as more details become available.