Bruce Lee’s dreams are coming true in the form of a new martial arts TV series coming to Cinemax. It’s called Warrior; a period crime drama set during the Tong gang wars in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 1800’s. The show has a cast, it has directors and it’s starting production later this month.
Creators Justin Lin (Fast and Furious, Star Trek Beyond) and Jonathan Tropper (Banshee) were inspired to write the show based on an urban legend that Bruce Lee had tried to launch a similar show as a vehicle for himself while he was alive. Well, the legend is true, and Lin and Tropper managed to get their hands on some work Lee had already done on the show. Warrior is based on that work, with a few modern bells and whistles.
Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming describes the show as “high-end action-packed drama with great characters. It is unlike anything you’ve seen on episodic television ever.” This, according to Deadline. It’s always encouraging when the people paying for the show are excited by it.
Warrior stars Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin, Diane Doan, Hoon Lee and Perry Yung to name a few. It will be a 10-episode series and the pilot will be directed by Assaf Bernstein (Netflix’s Fauda).
The Chinese mob plus martial arts in the wild west? Yep. Bring it. I like to think that it will be something like Fist of Fury meets Deadwood. I will watch that.
Warrior is slated to premiere on Cinemax late 2018/early 2019.
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