Cinemax has greenlit straight-to-series a martial arts-themed drama inspired by Bruce Lee.
Warrior follows Ah Sahm, 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 tongs (Chinese organized crime family), according to network officials.
The series, based on Lee’s writings, will be executive produced by Jonathan Tropper (Banshee). Justin Lin, Danielle Woodrow and Shannon Lee will also serve as executive producers on the project.
“Warrior follows in the spirit of the tradition of adrenalized Cinemax dramas that we established with Strike Back and Banshee,” said Kary Antholis, president of HBO series and Cinemax programming in a statement. “We are brimming with excitement for this unique martial arts series combining Bruce Lee’s inspired conception with the immense storytelling talents of Jonathan Tropper and Justin Lin.”