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End Of Watch - What We Know So Far

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One of David Ayer's best-rated movies (via Rotten Tomatoes) is getting the TV show treatment at Fox to join their entertaining lineup. The 2012 feature "End of Watch," starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, is being adapted into a one-hour series with director Ayer also involved in the project.

While filmmaker Ayer's resume is filled with an array of titles, he seems to have a fondness for police-related stories and tales involving the criminal underworld. Titles like "The Tax Collector," "Suicide Squad," "Bright," and "Street Kings" all showcase that the director has an established track record when it comes to the crime drama genre. Of his many efforts in this category, his 2012 feature "End of Watch" was Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and earned over $55 million at the box office (via Box Office Mojo). The story follows two cops who get the unwanted attention of a cartel, putting them in the crosshairs of a deadly criminal empire. The film was shot in a found footage style, almost playing out like a wild episode of "Cops."

While it may not make the best or worst list of Jake Gyllenhaal movies, it was a success, and now it seems "End of Watch" is due for a small-screen comeback. Here is all the evidence gathered about what is going on with the upcoming show.

What is the release date for End of Watch?

The "End of Watch" series is still very early in development, and the exact release date for the series premiere is not yet known. According to a report from Variety in February 2022, when the adaptation was first announced, it was reported that Fox had given the show a script-to-series order. 

Instead of doing things the old-fashioned way, Fox Entertainment will take a bit of a different route with the "End of Watch" series. They have not only commissioned a pilot script for the series based on the David Ayer film, but in an attempt to comprehensively cover all their bases, they have also ordered a format and backup script. Given how oversaturated the market is with content to watch, the cautious maneuver makes perfect sense and could end up boding well for the show in the long run. It is just a matter of time before more information is released regarding when fans can start watching "End of Watch." 

What is the plot of End of Watch?

The "End of Watch" TV series hasn't released an official plot synopsis yet, but The Wrap has reported that the narrative will be similar to the 2012 feature film. In the movie, the day-to-day lives of two LAPD officers are showcased as not just loyal partners protecting the community, but the dynamic policing duo are also very close friends off the clock. The two aren't afraid to risk their lives in the name of justice, but when a discovery puts them in direct conflict with the cartel, they find themselves in over their heads. It seems safe to assume the series will be chock full of pulse-pounding action, high-octane thrills, and plenty of compelling drama. 

But some people out there firmly believe the "End of Watch" series will need to refresh some of its concepts and revamp certain elements that may come off as stale or outdated to a modern audience if it's going to stand a chance of being successful (via Slashfilm). Whatever does happen, fans of the movie, crime dramas, and cop shows will not want to miss the exciting adaptation. 

Who is producing End of Watch?

David Ayer has had an ample amount of producing credits throughout his career, including movies like "Sabotage," "Fury," "Bright," and "The Tax Collector," while also serving as director, writer, or both (via IMDb). The renowned filmmaker will also write the series and executive produce alongside David Matthews

Matthews' previous credits include working as executive producer for the Amazon Prime series "Them" and co-executive producer on the FX series "Candy" starring Jessica Biel. Chris Long, who also produced Ayer's "The Tax Collector," as well as shows like "Mr. Mercedes" and "Deputy," will also be credited with an executive producer title with fellow Cedar Park Studios producer Daryll Scott. 

The rest of the "End of Watch" series' executive producers include Andrea Lervolino, Monika Bacardi, and James Masciello. With these individuals involved, it's safe to say there is no shortage of experienced talent running things behind the scenes for the "End of Watch" adaptation.

Where you can watch the Wnd of Watch movie

From the talented people involved to the high-octane premise, there are arguably many reasons to get excited about the "End of Watch" TV adaptation. While many people are most assuredly anxious to see how the Fox crime drama plays out, some eager individuals may need something to hold them over until the program arrives. Anyone hoping to relive all of the intense action from the 2012 feature or check out the David Ayer-directed flick for the first time, there are a few places that can happen. "End of Watch" is available to rent or purchase on several VOD platforms such as YouTube, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV, RedBox, and Amazon Prime.

Armed with a stellar cast and innovative execution, it is no wonder some consider it one of the best cop movies of all time, setting a very high bar for the upcoming series. Regarding TV shows based on movies, some turn out like "Friday Night Lights," and others, unfortunately, like "Training Day." It will be interesting to witness how "End of Watch" fares when it finally releases.