Today in news that’s almost too good to be true, Cinemax has ordered a pilot for “Warrior,” a crime drama series executive produced and possibly directed by Justin Lin (“Star Trek Beyond,” “Fast & Furious”) based on a story originally developed and intended for the late martial arts legend, Bruce Lee, repoirts Deadline. “Banshee” co-creator Jonathan Tropper will write the pilot episode.
Deadline says the series is set in San Francisco’s post-Civil War Chinatown, and “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” is being brought to life by Lin and Bruno Wu’s Perfect Storm Entertainment, along with Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee. The younger Lee discovered her father’s notes for the show years after the martial arts legend’s accidental death in 1973 at the age of 32. While Lin is primarily known for his big screen filmography, he’s already lent his talents a few times for television — he directed the first two episodes of “True Detective” Season Two, as well as the pilot for CBS’ “Scorpion.”
Earlier this year Shannon Lee and Bruce Lee Entertainment partnered with Darby Pop Publishing for “Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises,” a comic book miniseries that explored a world where Bruce Lee didn’t die, didn’t age — and yet has no idea who he is how the world has changed in the past four decades. It was written by Shannon Lee, Adam Beechen and Jeff Kline, with art by Brandon McKinney.
No word on casting or a release window for “Warrior,” but we’re keeping fingers crossed it’ll be in the very near future. Fans of Lin can check out “Star Trek Beyond” in theaters now.
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