Talk about starting off with a bang: The 100 is getting a prequel series, set right after a nuclear apocalypse kills off most of the human population. The CW series has been running for 6 seasons now, and a backdoor pilot for a The 100 prequel has just been ordered ahead of the seventh and final season. A potential 100 prequel has been a possibility for a few years, but now that the end is truly near for the main series, The CW seems ready to move ahead.
In The 100, “When nuclear Armageddon destroys civilization on Earth, the only survivors are those on the 12 international space stations in orbit at the time. Three generations later, the 4,000 survivors living on a space ark of linked stations see their resources dwindle and face draconian measures established to ensure humanity’s future. Desperately looking for a solution, the ark’s leaders send 100 juvenile prisoners back to the planet to test its habitability. Having always lived in space, the exiles find the planet fascinating and terrifying, but with the fate of the human race in their hands, they must forge a path into the unknown.”
You might not think a show about the apocalypse needs a prequel – isn’t everything technically a prequel to the apocalypse already? – but The CW wants one anyway. According to Deadline, the prequel series, which is still untitled, “is set 97 years before the events of the original series. It starts with the end of the world — a nuclear apocalypse that wipes out most of the human population on Earth — and follows a band of survivors on the ground as they learn to cope in a dangerous world while fighting to create a new and better society from the ashes of what came before.”
The 100 showrunner Jason Rothenberg is writing the prequel, which will be introduced via a backdoor pilot in season 7. A backdoor pilot, for those who don’t know, is when a main show introduces a spin-off with one its episodes. The CW attempted to do this before with their hit Supernatural, which included an episode in season 9 called “Bloodlines”, meant to serve as a backdoor pilot for a spin-off called Supernatural: Bloodlines. However, a poor reception from viewers lead to The CW passing on the idea. Perhaps they’ll have better luck with their 100 prequel.
The long-rumored prequel to post-apocalyptic drama The 100 is getting closer to reality. The CW has given a backdoor pilot production order to the project, from The 100 developer/executive producer/showrunner Jason Rothenberg. Written by Rothenberg, the potential prequel is being developed as a planted spinoff and will be introduced in an episode from the upcoming seventh and final season of The 100.
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The Untitled 100 Prequel is set 97 years before the events of the original series. It starts with the end of the world, a nuclear apocalypse that wipes out most of the human population on Earth, and follows a band of survivors on the ground as they learn to cope in a dangerous world while fighting to create a new and better society from the ashes of what came before.
Rothenberg will executive produce with The 100 EP Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo of Alloy for The 100 producers, Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. TV and CBS Television Studios.
Rothenberg had been teasing a potential The 100 prequel for the past couple of years. In 2016, he revealed plans to write a prequel novel for Alloy, the publisher of The 100 YA book series by Kass Morgan that became the basis for the CW drama. In interviews earlier this year, Rothenberg teased that he was writing a script for a prequel series. I hear the script was completed this past summer.
The 100 follows a group of post-apocalyptic survivors, largely a group of criminal adolescents. They are among the first people from a space habitat, the Ark, to return to Earth after a devastating nuclear apocalypse. Season 7, which will consist of 16 episodes, is slated to premiere in 2020.
Antoine Fuqua‘s 2001 Training Day was a hit and won Denzel Washington a Best Actor Oscar – but is anyone eager for another film set in the same world? Warner Bros. certainly thinks so, and they’re currently developing a Training Day prequel. The prequel will follow a younger version of Washington’s character, corrupt cop Alonzo Harris, which means the filmmakers don’t have to worry about bringing Washington back. Unless they want to use some of that fancy digital de-aging that’s all the rage these days.
Collider broke the news about the Training Day prequel, stating that the movie takes place “late April of 1992 — two days before the Rodney King verdict was delivered. Los Angeles was already a powder keg just waiting to explode that week, and the verdict led to the L.A. riots.” In the original Training Day, Ethan Hawke played a rookie cop who is partnered with veteran LAPD Detective Alonzo Harris, played by Denzel Washington. Hawke’s character wants to do things by the book, but Washington’s Harris is corrupt to the extreme and ends up getting Hawke in several life-threatening situations.
This prequel would follow a younger Harris, which could mean a lot of things. Is he still going to be a corrupt cop, or will this be the start of his career, back when he was still a good cop on the verge of going bad? In any case, Washington is unlikely to return. Collider theorizes that Washington’s son, John David Washington, might be brought in to play the younger version of his father, and that’s not a bad idea. The younger Washington established himself with a star-making turn in BlacKkKlansman, and will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet.
Training Day was a well-made film, but I’d argue that its script written by David Ayer was a tad simplistic. What made the movie special were the performances of Washington and Hawke. Washington got to ham it up a bit as the corrupt Alonso while Hawke brought his usual affable charm to the role of a good cop getting a harsh lesson in reality. Making a follow-up film without either of these actors doesn’t exactly sound like the best idea.
This won’t be the first time Training Day inspired further pieces of entertainment. In 2017, CBS launched a Training Day TV series, with the late, great Bill Paxton playing a corrupt cop, and Justin Cornwell as his rookie partner. The series only lasted one season before being canceled. The Training Day prequel is still in very early stages, so there’s no filmmaker attached yet. And while there’s not a script at the moment, Warner Bros. has brought in writer Nick Yarborough to pen one.
A prequel to Antoine Fuqua’s 2001 Academy Award-winning crime drama “Training Day” is now in the works at Warner Bros. According to Collider’s Jeff Sneider, the prequel penned by Black List scribe Nick Yarborough will take place in Los Angeles in 1992 just two days before the Rodney King verdict, in which LAPD officers were acquitted of charges of the brutal beating of King, rocked the city and divided its citizens. This would set the film just on the eve of the LA Riots that followed. The riots, which turned Los Angeles into a fiery war zone that left nearly no neighborhood unscathed, lasted nearly a week — and changed the face of the city forever. No word yet on any additional cast or crew attached to the upcoming “Training Day” prequel.
According to Sneider, the prequel will center on a younger version of Alonzo Harris, the shady, off-the-books narcotics detective played by Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua’s original film, which ultimately won Washington the Best Actor Academy Award in 2002, his second after 1989’s “Glory.” The 2001 film also earned Ethan Hawke a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as officer Jake Hoyt, a fledgling detective taken warily under Alonzo’s wing. “Training Day” took place across a 12-hour time period as Alonzo and Hoyt navigated the crime-addled neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
The original “Training Day” grossed more than $100 million at the U.S. box office, and was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, which has, according to Sneider’s report, locked down Yarborough to write the screenplay. Yarborough’s Black List-favorited script “Letters from Rosemary Kennedy” currently has Elisabeth Moss attached to star, and “The Lunchbox” helmer Ritesh Batra tapped to direct. David Ayer, who most recently directed “Suicide Squad,” wrote the script for Fuqua’s 2001 film.
Another busted “Training Day” spinoff was the 2017 crime-thriller television series of the same name, starring the late Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell. This was among Paxton’s final screen performances. Network CBS canceled the series after one season, which ran from February through March 2017.
IndieWire has reached out to a Warner Bros. representative for comment regarding the “Training Day” prequel.
This past summer, we learned Lionsgate was already keen on returning to the world of The Hunger Games by adapting the forthcoming prequel novel from author Suzanne Collins. Now we have more specifics on the story this book will tell, and we also have a title: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
Set 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games, the prequel story focuses on the events of the 10th Hunger Games as Panem is still recovering from the war that happened 10 years before. The story will begin on the morning of the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games.
Considering the history of the world established in the first Hunger Games novel, a prequel novel was inevitable, especially with so many other iterations of previous Games that we haven’t seen. The world-building provides ample opportunity and space for spin-offs that don’t need many if any of the characters from the original book series to show up.
In a press release from Scholastic, President Ellie Berger said:
“Suzanne Collins is an expert storyteller and world-builder, and in revisiting the world of Panem, she again raises important questions about authority, the use of violence, and the truth of human nature.”
Along with the press release came the first image of the book’s cover, which continues using the symbol of the mockingjay, this time situated on a branch wreath that resembles the original logo, this time with a snake curled around part of it. David Levithan, VP, Publisher, and Editorial Director for Scholastic, commented:
“This cover does an extraordinary job of capturing the conflict—both inner and outer—that lies at the heart of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. The mockingjay has returned, but at a new angle . . . which is very much in line with the story that Suzanne Collins is telling.”
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will arrive on shelves on May 19, 2020, but as of now, we have no idea how quickly Lionsgate intends to get a movie off the ground. However, when news of the prequel first being adapted surfaced, chairman Joe Drake said, “We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.” So fans may not have to wait very long at all.
EXCLUSIVE: Chuku Modu, who joined the sixth season of the CW's The 100 as a recurring, has been promoted to series regular for the seventh and final season of the post-apocalyptic drama series.
Modu plays Dr. Gabriel Santiago, aka Xavier. After last season's shocking revelation that rebel leader “Xavier” is actually the fallen Prime Gabriel resurrected in a new body, his obsessive journey to answer the many mysteries of the Anomaly continues as he seeks to create new meaning for his centuries-long life. He appeared in 10 episodes in Season 6.
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Based on the book series by Kass Morgan, The 100 is from Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Rothenberg and Leslie Morgenstein.
The series follows a group of post-apocalyptic survivors, largely a group of criminal adolescents, including Clarke Griffin, played by Eliza Taylor, Finn Collins, played by Thomas McDonell, Bellamy Blake, played by Bob Morley, Octavia Blake Marie Avgeropoulos, Jasper Jordan Devon Bostick, Monty Green Christopher Larkin, Raven Reyes Lindsey Morgan, John Murphy Richard Harmon, and Wells Jaha Eli Goree. Paige Turco and Tasya Teles also star.
Modu played Dr. Jared Kalu on the first season of ABC's The Good Doctor and also recurred on Game of Thrones. He's repped by Troika, Management 360 and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.