Warrior (TV series)

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Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
  • Tropper Ink Productions
  • Perfect Storm Entertainment
  • Bruce Lee Entertainment
Original networkCinemax
Picture format1080i (HDTV)

Warrior is an upcoming American action television series created by Jonathan Tropper and Justin Lin set to air on Cinemax beginning April 5, 2019.[1][2] It is based on an original concept by Bruce Lee.[3][4][5]


Set at the times of the Tong Wars in the late 1800s in San Francisco, California. The series follows Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy originating from China who immigrates to San Francisco and ends up becoming a hatchet man for the most powerful tong in Chinatown.



No.Title [9]Directed by [9]Written by [9]Original air date [9]U.S. viewers
1"The Itchy Onion"Assaf BernsteinJonathan TropperApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)TBD
2"There's No China in the Bible"Loni PeristereJonathan TropperApril 12, 2019 (2019-04-12)TBD
3"John Chinaman"Loni PeristereAdam TargumApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)TBD
4"The White Mountain"David PetrarcaKenneth LinApril 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)TBD
5"The Blood and the Sh*t"Kevin TancharoenKenneth LinMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)TBD
6"Chewed Up, Spit Out, and Stepped On"David PetrarcaEvan Endicott & Josh StoddardMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)TBD
7"The Tiger and the Fox"Lin OedingBrad Caleb KaneMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)TBD
8"They Don't Pay Us Enough to Think"Lin OedingEvan Endicott & Josh StoddardMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)TBD
9"Chinese Boxing"Loni PeristereJonathan TropperMay 31, 2019 (2019-05-31)TBD


In 1971, Bruce Lee had developed a concept for a television series called The Warrior, about a martial artist in the American Old West, but he was having trouble pitching it to Warner Bros. and Paramount.[10] According to Bruce Lee's widow, Linda Lee Cadwell, however, Lee's concept was retooled and renamed Kung Fu, with David Carradine cast in the lead role, but Warner Bros. gave Lee no credit.[11] Warner Bros. stated that they had for some time been developing an identical concept,[12] created by two writers and producers, Ed Spielman and Howard Friedlander. According to these sources, the reason Lee was not cast was in part because of his ethnicity, but more so because he had a thick accent.[13]

In 2015, Perfect Storm Entertainment and Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, announced that the series would be produced and would air on Cinemax, and that filmmaker Justin Lin was chosen to direct the series.[5]

Production began on October 22, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. The first season will contain 10 episodes.[6]


  1. ^ Cecchini, Mike (2018-08-22). "Warrior: First Teaser for Bruce Lee Inspired TV Series". Denofgeek.
  2. ^ Li, Shirley (February 8, 2019). "Justin Lin talks bringing Bruce Lee's passion project to life in Warrior first look photos". EW. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (7 June 2017). "Bruce Lee-Inspired Tong Wars Drama 'Warrior' From Justin Lin & 'Banshee' Co-Creator Gets Cinemax Series Order".
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (30 August 2016). "Bruce Lee-Inspired Crime Drama 'Warrior' From Justin Lin & 'Banshee' Co-Creator Gets Cinemax Pilot Order".
  5. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (21 May 2015). "Cinemax Developing Bruce Lee-Inspired Crime Drama 'Warrior' From Justin Lin".
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Andreeva, Nellie (11 October 2017). "'Warrior': Cinemax Sets Cast & Director For Bruce Lee-Inspired Martial Arts Series".
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (October 26, 2017). "The Path Casts Philip Hernandez; Rich Ting Joins Warrior". Deadline Hollywood.
  8. ^ "Perry Yung on Instagram: "#dustinnguyen in da house! It's getting hot in here now. #hbo #CinemaxWarrior"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  9. ^ a b c d "WARRIOR Episodes – HBO & Cinemax PR – Medium". Medium. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "From The Pierre Berton Show December 8, 1971 (comments near end of part 2 & early in part 3)
  11. ^ Lee 1975a
  12. ^ Bleecker, Tom (1996). Unsettled Matters. The Life & Death of Bruce Lee. Gilderoy Publications
  13. ^ "From Grasshopper to Caine" on YouTube


  • Lee, Linda (1975a). Bruce Lee: the man only I knew. Warner Paperback Library. ISBN 0-446-78774-4.

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