In an exclusive from Deadline Hollywood, Cinemax has announced a 10-episode, straight-to-series commitment to 19th century crime drama Warrior. Inspired by an idea from late martial arts legend Bruce Lee, the series will be created and executive produced by Banshee co-creator Jonathan Tropper; and executive produced by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) and Danielle Woodrow via Perfect Storm Entertainment, with Shannon Lee representing Bruce Lee Entertainment.
Warrior is being described as a gritty, action-packed crime drama set historically during the brutal time of the Tong Wars of San Francisco in late 19th century in Chinatown. Viewers will follow Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy who immigrates from China to San Francisco under dark and mysterious circumstances, only to become an enforcer for one of Chinatown's most powerful and influential tongs (a Chinese organized crime family).
For Warrior, a series order brings to life what was a decades-long passion project started by Lee at the height of his popularity. Years after his death, Lee's daughter Shannon Lee discovered her father's notes, detailing her father's concepts and visions for the series. In 2013 Lin's company Perfect Storm Entertainment met and partnered with Shannon Lee and Bruce Lee Enterprises to turn Bruce Lee's material into a television series.
I've always admired Bruce Lee for his trailblazing efforts opening doors for Asians in entertainment and beyond. So I was intrigued when Danielle told me about the urban legend of his never-produced idea for a TV show and suggested we bring it to life. Then when Shannon shared with us her father's writings: rich with Lee's unique philosophies on life, and through a point of view rarely depicted on screen – Danielle and I knew that Perfect Storm had to make it.
Warrior is set to begin production fall 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.