Training Day and Lethal Weapon TV pilots to film in Los Angeles
Television pilots based on the Oscar-winning crime drama Training Day and the classic action movie Lethal Weapon are set to be filmed in Los Angeles.
Training Day (pictured) was released in 2001 and followed Ethan Hawke’s young police officer struggling against Denzel Washington’s corrupt detective over the course of a single day in Los Angeles. Washington won an Oscar for his performance in the film.
Lethal Weapon came out in 1987 and began the hugely successful buddy cop franchise headlined by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.
In total ten pilots are scheduled to film in Los Angeles this season, Deadline reports, making the city the most popular in North America for pilots. Commissions include a reboot of the long-running action drama 24 that will follow a new lead character in place of Kiefer Sutherland’s counter-terrorism expert Jack Bauer.
Vancouver, New York and Atlanta are the next most popular cities for US TV pilots, with half a dozen filming in each.
California has boosted the annual fund for its filming tax credit to $330m, most of which (60%) is allocated to TV, including pilots and series relocating to the state.
California still has work to do to boost its appeal to big-budget feature films, with its movie incentive support lagging behind production hubs like Louisiana, Georgia, Vancouver and Toronto.
For more on filming in California see our production guide.
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