A new Cinemax series called “Warrior,” inspired by the writing of Bruce Lee, has just released an exclusive trailer, a project that has taken almost 50 years to come to fruition.
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When I say this project is a dream come true – it’s literally a dream come true. My father created a treatment [for a series] which he then pitched to Warner Brothers, and they said ‘We’re really sorry, but we just don’t think that a Chinese man can be the lead of an American TV series. Audiences won’t go for it.’ Well, here we are almost 50 years later, and Warrior is a reality. . We’ll have much more on the backstory of Warrior, the wonderful people involved with the series and the series itself, but for now, enjoy this teaser. It kicks ass! -Shannon . . #Warrior premieres in 2019 on @cinemax . . #BruceLee #50YearsInTheMaking #DreamsDoComeTrue @justinlin @tropperj
The first season will feature 10-episodes and will be set in 1870s Chinatown, San Francisco with a largely Asian cast. It will be released sometime next year.
Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, serves as executive producer of the show as well as head of Bruce Lee Entertainment. She will also be working alongside executive producer Justin Lin, well known in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. Both are working to keep the show in line with the late Lee’s vision.
Bruce Lee had created a project that was rejected by Warner Bros. He kept the rejected project in the family garage and the treatment was considered lost. The project was meant to serve as a precursor to a the 1970s Warner Bros. television series “Kung Fu.”
Lin was adamant about the prominence of an Asian American cast on the show.
“And the one thing I’ve learned is, the talent is out there. It’s about trying to hopefully create the opportunity, and we didn’t want to take that lightly,” he said.
The American story will have actor Andrew Koji play Ah Sahm as political conspiracies, rising anti-immigrant violence and secret agendas boil.
Shannon Lee told the Los Angeles Times that she was excited to see where the show was headed.
“Season 1 is just the beginning. We’ll hopefully get the opportunity to play the long game here and really get into some extremely interesting stuff, which we already have planned.”
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