Forty-five years after his untimely death, Bruce Lee‘s legacy continues to leave a reverberating impact on the world, something that is set to continue even further with the upcoming Cinemax series “Warrior”. Based upon Bruce’s own hand-written notes for a series concept that he was unable to realize before his death in 1973, the series is set to arrive in 2019, with an early teaser having recently dropped, which you can see below!
The official press release, seen below, gives fans a peek at what they can expect from the series:
“Inspired by an idea from martial-arts legend Bruce Lee, this gritty, action-packed crime drama is set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. Filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, it follows 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.
Produced for CINEMAX by Perfect Storm Entertainment, Tropper Ink Productions and Bruce Lee Entertainment; created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper under Tropper Ink Productions; Justin Lin and Danielle Woodrow executive produce on behalf of Perfect Storm Entertainment; Shannon Lee executive produces for Bruce Lee Entertainment.”
Andrew Koji is set to take the lead of the series as the titular nomadic warrior Ah Sahm, while Olivia Cheng of Netflix’s “Marco Polo” portrays Chinatown madame, Ah Toy. Dean Jagger also appears (four decades after his role in another posthumously released Bruce Lee-project, “Game of Death“) as Dan Leary, chieftain of San Francisco’s Irish community. Meanwhile, fans of “The Raid” will no doubt delight about the involvement of Joe Taslim in the role of Tong enforcer Li Yong.
With the task of capturing Bruce Lee’s creative vision over four decades removed from the project’s original conception, “Warrior” is definitely something martial arts fans will want to watch out for. Indeed, with AMC’s post-apocalyptic series “Into the Badlands” , and Netflix’s upcoming “Wu Assassins” , “Warrior” is just the latest in an ongoing renaissance of martial arts-heavy series’ making a major impact on the small screen. Who better to keep that training running than (figuratively speaking) Bruce Lee himself?
“Warrior” is set to premiere on Cinemax in 2019. Stay tuned for more info on the series as it develops! In the meantime – what are your thoughts on the series; excited to see Bruce Lee’s concept for “Warrior” finally being realized long after his passing? Let us know in the comments below; Like, share and join in the conversation with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. (Keep your warrior self FU-juvenated with KFK’s latest in martial arts entertainment news and more!)