Cinemax has given a ten-episode straight-to-series order to the 19th century crime drama “Warrior” inspired by an idea from Bruce Lee and produced by Perfect Storm Entertainment and Bruce Lee Entertainment.
The crime drama is set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy who immigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances and becomes a hatchet man for one of Chinatown’s most powerful organized crime families.
A passion project for both late martial arts icon Bruce Lee and more recently “Fast Five” helmer Justin Lin, the project was originally set up at the network in 2015 and was ordered to pilot last summer. “Banshee” co-creator Jonathan Tropper created the series and will executive produce alongside Lin, Shannon Lee and Danielle Woodrow.
The project fits in line with Cinemax’s shift of programming plans which last December was said to be aiming to include four high-octane, adrenalized pulpy action drama series – with all but one made cost-effective by being international co-productions. “Warrior” will be that outlier, with the “Strike Back” reboot and “Rellik” serving as two of the others.