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Old 08-30-16, 05:04 PM
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Warrior (Cinemax) - from the creator of Banshee & Justin Lin - ordered to series

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ARTY FARTY
Justin Lin Bringing Bruce Lee's WARRIOR to Cinemax
BY YOMYOMF STAFF 08/30/2016

The news first broke that YOMYOMF Founder Justin Lin was developing WARRIOR, a TV show based on an original idea that was developed by the late martial artist Bruce Lee at Cinemax back in 2015. Now the show, which is being produced through Justin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment alongside Bruce Lee Enterprises and Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, has received a pilot order. Here’s the latest from Deadline:

Cinemax has given a pilot order to Warrior, a crime drama based on original material written by Bruce Lee. Warrior has been a passion project for both the late martial arts icon and Fast & Furious helmer Justin Lin who is executive producing the pilot with an eye to direct. The pilot was written by Jonathan Tropper, co-creator of Banshee, Cinemax’s first homegrown primetime drama hit.

Set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the aftermath of the Civil War, Warrior tells the story of a young martial arts prodigy, newly arrived from China, who finds himself caught up in the bloody Chinatown Tong wars.

Warrior was the first project put in development by the TV division of Perfect Storm Entertainment, Lin’s joint venture with Bruno Wu’s Seven Stars Studios. A couple of months after the launch of PSE’s TV operation in 2013, the company partnered with Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, and Bruce Lee Enterprises to turn Lee’s material into a TV series.

Bruce Lee had spent many years working on Warrior, but it was never published or produced. Years after the Enter The Dragon actor’s sudden 1973 death at age 32, his daughter found a large collection of handwritten notes that Bruce wrote himself on the concept for the series that became the inspiration for the show. Perfect Storm Entertainment and Shannon Lee brought the idea to Cinemax in spring 2015, with Tropper coming on board as writer/executive producer.

Also executive producing are Perfect Storm’s Lin, president Troy Craig Poon and head of TV Danielle Woodrow as well as Shannon Lee of Bruce Lee Enterprises. The pilot is being produced for Cinemax by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink and Bruce Lee Entertainment.
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re: Warrior (Cinemax) - from the creator of Banshee & Justin Lin - In development

This could be an interesting series if it's picked up. Plus, it has the co-creator of Banshee writing it.

From everything that I've read about Bruce Lee and his past, he was a super creative person behind the camera. Considering this project is being created off his personal notes before he passed away, who knows what he would have created had he lived to now.

Shannon Lee would probably get an EP credit if this gets picked up since she found the material.
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Old 08-30-16, 11:42 PM
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It's obvious the idea for the Warrior found it's way into the Kung Fu TV series; Chinese guy comes to America in the 1800's and kicks ass because no one knows martial arts. Bruce pretty much said they didn't like the idea of a western with martial arts and basically told him to fuck off and then proceeded to rip off his idea. He stated this in the B&W Pierre Burton interview he did in 1971.
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And we just added Cinemax a couple weeks ago.
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Old 08-31-16, 06:26 AM
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re: Warrior (Cinemax) - from the creator of Banshee & Justin Lin - In development

When will this debut ? i;m in !

I remember that whole story of Bruce Lee being passed over for the role of Cane in the Kung Fu tv series because he was asian even though it was an asian character
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re: Warrior (Cinemax) - from the creator of Banshee & Justin Lin - ordered to series

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When will this debut ? i;m in !

I remember that whole story of Bruce Lee being passed over for the role of Cane in the Kung Fu tv series because he was asian even though it was an asian character
It's only in development. They just got the greenlight to write the Pilot and Lin is attached to direct. No guarantee it gets picked up.
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re: Warrior (Cinemax) - from the creator of Banshee & Justin Lin - ordered to series

The news first broke that YOMYOMF Founder Justin Lin was developing WARRIOR, a TV show based on an original idea that was developed by the late martial artist Bruce Lee at Cinemax back in 2015.
This sentence confused me. It probably should've been rewritten along the lines of "The news first broke in 2015 that..."
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^^^ Bruce was working with Cinemax in 2015.
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re: Warrior (Cinemax) - from the creator of Banshee & Justin Lin - ordered to series

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Bruce Lee's passion project lives on through Justin Lin. Deadline reports that Cinemax has ordered a pilot for Warrior, written by Jonathan Tropper and produced by Lin, with the Fast and the Furious director also looking to direct. The latest iteration of Warrior has the Lee family blessing, with Bruce's daughter Shannon Lee serving as an executive producer and writer on the show. Warrior is based off of the show that Bruce Lee had been working on for years in the 1960s, and follows a young martial-arts prodigy from China who immigrates to San Francisco and finds himself caught up in the middle of the Tong Wars in Chinatown. According to his wife Linda Lee Cadwell, Lee's project was stolen by Warner Bros. and later bastardized as Kung Fu, starring David Carradine. Facing blatant discrimination, Lee decided to leave Hollywood for Hong Kong where he made a string of hits in the early '70s to become the kung fu legend that he is now. Not even time can keep Bruce Lee down.
Another version of Kung Fu without Bruce Lee.
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EXCLUSIVE: Cinemax has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to 19th century crime drama Warrior, inspired by an idea from Bruce Lee, created and executive produced by Banshee co-creator Jonathan Tropper and executive producer by Justin Lin and Danielle Woodrow via Perfect Storm Entertainment, and Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Entertainment.

Warrior, which had been a passion project for both late martial arts icon Bruce Lee and Fast & Furious helmer Justin Lin, was originally set up at Cinemax for development in 2015 and was ordered to pilot last summer.

Last December, Deadline unveiled Cinemax’s programming strategy shift toward the type of fare that launched the network’s push into original primetime series: fun, high-octane, action, pulpy, straight-to-series dramas done in a cost-effective way primarily as international co-productions. At the time, Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, revealed that the idea was to do as many as four shows a year initially, three of them co-productions or very cost-effective and the fourth a marquee, homegrown show with a Banshee-level of budget. Back then, Warrior was already being eyed for a potential straight-to-series order to fill that marquee spot in the inaugural slate of the revamped Cinemax. Straight-to-series co-productions greenlighted under the model include a Strike Back reboot and Rellik.

“Warrior follows in the spirit of the tradition of adrenalized Cinemax dramas that we established with Strike Back and Banshee,” said Antholis, listing the network’s two most successful original series to date. “We are brimming with excitement for this unique martial arts series combining Bruce Lee’s inspired conception with the immense storytelling talents of Jonathan Tropper and Justin Lin.”

Warrior is described as a gritty, action-packed crime drama 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 tongs (Chinese organized crime family).

“As a show that proudly bears the imprimatur of Bruce Lee, it’s our intention to deliver not only explosive martial arts action – which we will – but also a powerful and complex immigration drama that is as relevant today as it was in the 1870s,” says Tropper.
The Cinemax series order caps a four-year road to the screen for Warrior. It started in 2013 when Lin’s company partnered with Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, and Bruce Lee Enterprises to turn Lee’s material into a TV series.

Bruce Lee had spent many years working on Warrior, but it was never published or produced. Years after the Enter The Dragon actor’s sudden 1973 death at age 32, his daughter found a large collection of handwritten notes that Bruce wrote himself on the concept for the series that became the inspiration for the show.

“I’ve always admired Bruce Lee for his trailblazing efforts opening doors for Asians in entertainment and beyond,” Lin said. “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.
Partnering with Cinemax has led to a wonderful collaboration with Jonathan Tropper, who has created a fantastic series inspired by Lee’s writings. We are all honored to continue what he started.”

Warrior is produced for Cinemax by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Entertainment. Production is set to begin this fall in Cape Town, South Africa.

Warrior marks the third on-air series for Perfect Storm, which also has new CBS drama series S.W.A.T. and returning Scorpion.
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Re: Warrior (Cinemax) - from the creator of Banshee & Justin Lin - ordered to series

Oh cool. They should cast Daniel Henney. Asian-American of Korean descent and he could pass for Chinese. He was just in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, which was cancelled.

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While we're losing "Quarry" and (probably) "Outcast", I'm glad to see Cinemax returning to this type of series.
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Warrior (Cinemax) -- From the creator of Banshee and Justin Lin -- Coming in 2019



1st teaser:





Some information about this series from an older article:

Warrior, Cinemax’s upcoming Tong Wars drama series from Fast & Furious‘ Justin Lin and Banshee co-creator Jonathan Tropper, has assembled an international cast, led by British actor Andrew Koji, and has tapped Assaf Bernstein (Netflix’s Fauda) to direct the pilot. The 10-episode series, inspired by the writings and work of martial arts icon Bruce Lee, is slated to begin production on Oct. 22 (2017) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Warrior — the first homegrown tentpole series under Cinemax’s new programming direction emphasizing fun, often adrenalized shows — is a period crime drama set against the backdrop of the brutal Tong Wars in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 1800s.

The cast includes Andrew Koji as Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy who travels from China to San Francisco and ends up becoming a hatchet man for the most powerful tong in Chinatown; Olivia Cheng as Ah Toy, Chinatown’s most accomplished courtesan and madame; Jason Tobin as Young Jun, the hard-partying son of a powerful tong boss; Dianne Doan as Mai Ling, a beautiful and ruthless Chinese woman who, through sheer force of will, has achieved a position of power in one of the tongs; Kieran Bew as Officer “Big Bill” O’Hara, a hard-drinking Irish cop charged with forming a Chinatown squad; and Dean Jagger as Dan Leary, the unofficial godfather of the Irish community of San Francisco and leader of the Workingmen’s party.

Also cast are Joanna Vanderham as Penelope Blake, the aristocratic heir to a railroad fortune trapped in a loveless marriage to the mayor; Tom Weston-Jones as Richard Lee, a transplanted Southerner and rookie cop; Banshee and Outcast‘s Hoon Lee as Wang Chao, a wiley fixer and profiteer in Chinatown; Joe Taslim as Li Yong, a tong Lieutenant and kung fu master; Langley Kirkwood as Walter Buckley, a Civil War veteran and Deputy Mayor with his own political aspirations; Christian McKay as Mayor Samuel Blake, the Mayor of San Francisco; and Perry Yung as Father Jun, the leader of the most powerful tong in Chinatown.

Tropper wrote the pilot script based on original material written by Bruce Lee. He is executive producing via his Tropper Ink Prods. alongside Lin and Danielle Woodrow of Perfect Storm Entertainment and Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee via Bruce Lee Entertainment.
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Re: Warrior (Cinemax) -- From the creator of Banshee and Justin Lin -- Coming in 2019

Shannon Lee tweeted out the same teaser with some of her 2 cents:

She's EP of the show

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Thanks for the merge.

Here's the lead of the series Andrew Koji. British-Japanese actor




https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4010671/


He's pretty much an unknown actor here in the States. Most of his work is in the UK.

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this is out now
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this is out now
Not in the United States.

I'm not going to pirate it. Will wait until Cinemax officially releases it next year.
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My mistake it's not out
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New teaser. This one has actual footage.



Still no air date yet.
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Joanna Vanderham is show by the creator of Banshee will have me watching.
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The teaser trailer is weak. They could have cut something better since they already screened the pilot at the Arclight theatre in L.A last Monday. I loved Banshee so I will give this a chance.
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https://ew.com/tv/2019/02/08/justin-..._medium=social

Warrior hits Cinemax on April 5.

There are some photos in the above link.
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Looks cool. I wonder if Job from Banshee in this
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