Deadline is reporting that Warrior, a television show detailing the Tong Wars in 19th Century San Francisco and based on ideas from the legendary Bruce Lee, has gotten a green light from Cinemax for a ten episode straight to series order. The show is executive produced by Jonathan Tropper, Justin Lin, Danielle Woodrow, and Shannon Lee.
Bruce Lee is a legend. Enter The Dragon, for my money, will go down as one of the greatest action movies ever made. The fact that movies like John Wick Chapter 2 are still taking cues from work that Bruce created over 40 years ago speaks volumes for how far ahead of his time Bruce Lee actually was.
What I love about Bruce Lee's work most of all is how grounded it is. He wanted his work to visually look realistic. While you can appreciate movies like The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for how beautiful the wire work in that movie is executed, nothing beats realistic looking action. It also depends on the type of story you tell of course.
Justin Lin had this to say on the new show.
“I’ve always admired Bruce Lee for his trailblazing efforts opening doors for Asians in entertainment and beyond,” Lin said. “So I was intrigued when Danielle told me about the urban legend of his never-produced idea for a TV show and suggested we bring it to life. Then when Shannon shared with us her father’s writings: rich with Lee’s unique philosophies on life, and through a point of view rarely depicted on screen – Danielle and I knew that Perfect Storm had to make it. Partnering with Cinemax has led to a wonderful collaboration with Jonathan Tropper, who has created a fantastic series inspired by Lee’s writings. We are all honored to continue what he started.”
Bruce Lee left us way too soon. His work in Hollywood and Hong Kong still reverberates today and as a fan, I love seeing new work based on ideas he was putting together before his unfortunate passing. Whether the series will be good or not, time will tell. When it hits the airwaves, we at LRM will be sure to give it an honest assessment.
So what do you think? Are you happy to hear that some of Bruce Lee's unfinished work will finally hit the light of day? Sound off in the comments section below.
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