by April Neale
The new Cinemax series Warrior is based on the writings of Bruce Lee and is an original series from Jonathan Tropper, the co-creator of Banshee, director Justin Lin and Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, who had the treatment for this original series.
Warrior is familiar and completely new at the same time, a rare feat for TV these days.
The Tong Wars of the late 19th century San Francisco Chinatown serve as the backdrop of this kick-ass fish out of water tale of gangs, turf wars and love stories set in 1878 amidst poverty and difficult circumstances.
Chinese-American history is sparsely taught in the USA, and it is ripe for creatively mining. This lesser-known period of American history was the inspiration for an obscure treatment that what was one of Bruce Lee’s many left-behind legacies. The martial arts master and actor had bequeathed his wife and daughter Shannon a treasure trove of writings and this particular television treatment he had wanted to produce…