The martial arts crime drama series “Warrior” is now moving to HBO Max and a third season is on the way.
First announced in 2018 and premiered on April 5, 2019, “Warrior” is based on the writings of legendary martial arts star Bruce Lee, set during the violent Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 1800s.
The recent renewal comes after fans of the show rallied together to sign a Change petition to help the show get back on the air. The campaign has received more than 67,000 signatures as of this writing.
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The show, originally from Cinemax, was created and executive produced by Jonathan Tropper, “Star Trek Beyond” and “Fast and Furious 9” director Justin Lin and Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter, according to Variety.
“Warrior introduced viewers to a distinct world from the past, executed with dynamic action and relevant storytelling, with a brilliant cast led by Andrew Koji,” Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer at HBO and HBO Max, said in a statement.
Shannon Lee, who heads the Bruce Lee Family Companies, said that she and the other executive producers were “thrilled” that the show was put on HBO “to be discovered by a whole new legion of fans.”
“Now we are excited and grateful for the opportunity to do another season, and we applaud HBO Max for understanding the importance of telling this story and for continuing to support this level of representation in our industry. I just know that my father is grinning right now to see this show he dreamed of so long ago continuing to beat the odds. We have every intention of delivering the same high level of meaningful storytelling and Gung Fu action in Season 3,” Lee said.
“Warrior” fans took to social media to express how happy they are that the series is returning.
i am pleased https://t.co/V17oYS2Ac4
— Michael Golamco (@michaelgolamco) April 14, 2021
WARRIOR RENEWED FOR SEASON 3 ON HBOMAX. START WATCHING SEASONS 1 AND 2 NOW IF YOU HAVENT YET.
This is the cultural touchstone of our time. AND it’s based on Bruce Lee’s own ideas for a tv show. Now I KNOW you wanna see that. So GET ON IT! THIS HYPE TRAIN DEPARTS NOW!
— Rei @ ……. (@ReidianceVA) April 14, 2021
I am so happy HBO has renewed Warrior.
— Mwangi Munga (@MwangiMKJ) April 14, 2021
I am so happy that warrior got renewed for a third season
— Edward Sanchez (@EdwardIsSoCool) April 14, 2021
I am so happy Warrior got renewed. Can’t wait to see Wang Chao’s journey in the next season.
— Raghu Seetharaman (@rags751) April 14, 2021
“Warrior” features a mostly Asian cast, with Japanese-English actor Andrew Koji taking up the lead role as Ah Sahm.
Other actors featured on the show include Kieran Bew, Celine Buckens, Olivia Cheng, Dianne Doan, Dean Jagger, Langley Kirkwood, Maria-Elena Laas, Hoon Lee, Christian McKay, Dustin Nguyen, Miranda Raison, Chen Tang, Joe Taslim, Jason Tobin, Joanna Vanderham, Tom Weston-Jones and Perry Yung.
Feature Image via Cinemax