Based on original material by the late Bruce Lee, Cinemax has given the series WARRIOR a pilot commitment. The project has reportedly been a passion project between Lee and Fast & Furious and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin, who will executive produce and possibly direct.
Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown after the Civil War, the series follows a recently arrived immigrant and martial arts prodigy from China who gets caught up in the Chinatown Tong wars, which were fought from the 1880s until finally ending in 1921. The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 caused the ultimate decline of the tongs.
The co-creator of Banshee, another Cinemax series, Jonathan Tropper, wrote the pilot.
Lee had worked on the project for some time before his sudden death but it never came to fruition as a tangible product until his daughter, Shannon Lee, found notes on the project after his passing. In 2013, Lin’s production banner, Perfect Storm Entertainment, partnered with her to turn the notes into a TV series. It was spring of last year that the series was packaged and brought to Cinemax.
Tropper will also be executive producing with his company Tropper Ink, alongside Lin and Lee. From Perfect Storm, president Troy Craig Poon and head of TV Danielle Woodrow will be involved with the project as well.
Most recently, Lin directed the blockbuster Star Trek Beyond. On the television side of things, he has directed episodes in the shows Community and True Detective. He also has two other pilots he’ll be producing: Blowback for The CW and Radiant Doors for WGN America.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.