Cinemax just released the trailer of their upcoming series 'Warrior' which is based on the writing of Bruce Lee.
For all those who have been waiting for an action-packed series to come out, well your wait is over. Cinemax just released the trailer of their upcoming series 'Warrior' which is based on the writing of Bruce Lee, as reported by Complex. The hardcore action fans know what a great legend Lee was and making his dream come true on screen is like honoring him.
The trailer reveals the basic story of Ah Sahm, who is a martial arts prodigy. He finds himself stuck in the middle of the Tong Wars in San Francisco's China Town during the second half of the 19th century. He gets tied up to be a professional killer with an organized crime family. The trailer shows various shots of the main character being threatened by various people for a fight.
Ah Sahm can be seen showing off his martial art skills as he fights off multiple people at once, just how Bruce Lee used to in his films. The film reveals the condition of Chinatown and how people over there need to fight for themselves and their place. The action-packed trailer looks very promising, especially with a renowned crew that includes the 'Banshee' producer Jonathan Tropper.
The series is being directed by Justin Lin, who previously directed 'Fast And The Furious'. The lead role in the film is played by Andrew Koji and also stars Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin, Dianne Doan, Kieran Bew, Dean S. Jagger, Joanna Vanderham and others. The trailer shows off some amazing fight choreography that will definitely remind people of the legend who wrote the story, Bruce Lee.
Talking about 'Warrior', executive producer and director Justin said, "As Warrior comes together, I can’t help but feel the pride of correcting a wrong and helping bring Bruce Lee’s dream project to life". According to Entertainment Weekly, Lin had teamed up with Bruce's daughter Shannon, who had eight pages of the original copy written by her father.
Lin had talked about how he faced a lot of difficulties to bring the story into the pages to the screen. Casting directors, when they read ‘Asian-American,’ kind of go to the same pool,” he explains. “It was important to us to find a casting director that would really be open to us going around the world [for the search]. It took a while…I think there weren’t any rocks left unturned, and I think that’s the right way [to do it].”
The director also spoke about how he had to work on Bruce's ideas as he had written that a long time ago and a lot had changed in the way of storytelling since then. “There were a lot of changes in pacing, in how we were going to explore certain issues,” Lin says.
“[We were] trying to honor the essence of what he was doing, but at the same time, cinema and TV and storytelling have really evolved.” The director worked on this project with all his heart as he seemed to be very excited about it.
“I’ve been fortunate to be able to try everything,” he says. “But I have to say Warrior has been my pride and joy.” The director is well known for his past work and fans only expect that this series delivers and revives the energy that Bruce Lee had put in his films.
According to reports, earlier Lee's widow Linda Lee Cadwell had pitched Bruce's idea titled 'The Warrior' in 1971 about an Asian hero in the American West. The studio had rejected the idea because they thought that the audience wouldn't like to see an Asian lead as the hero.
Soon after that, the project was dropped and after many years it has finally been picked up and executed. Jonathan Tropper too had spoken to Collider about the series in an earlier interview. "It’s called Warrior, and it’s about the Tong Wars in 1870s Chinatown in San Francisco and a martial arts prodigy who comes over from China and gets sucked up into the Tong Wars in Chinatown. It’s something I’m doing with Justin Lin," he said.
He further explained the theme of the show and bringing back the exciting martial art action to the big screen. "It’s an action-oriented show, but it’s also a period piece. We’re doing it with the Bruce Lee estate, as well, so we’re channeling some of Bruce Lee into. It’s a historical martial art pulp show that I don’t think we could be doing if Banshee hadn’t come first."
We can only hope they do justice to the action series and we get to witness some amazing martial art moves.