Chicago producer Robert Teitel reveals the project that got away

“Barbershop” and “Soul Food” producer Robert Teitel revealed to the audience at the 11th annual Creative Chicago Expo at the Chicago Cultural Center on Saturday the list of Chicago-based projects he is trying to get off the ground, including “Barbershop 3,” “Disco Sucks,” based on the infamous Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park in 1979, and “Guru,” which revolves around late Second City teacher and iO co-founder Del Close.

Just as interesting was the revelation of the project Teitel passed on: “Training Day.”

Teitel brought up the old wound to keep aspiring filmmakers from getting discouraged if he or anyone else in Hollywood passes on their script. What was the Columbia College alum thinking when he turned down the film that would go on to make $104 million worldwide and earn Denzel Washington an Oscar for best actor?

“Why would anyone want to see Denzel Washington as a bad guy,” Teitel said.

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