Warrior | Martial arts drama cancelled

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Martial arts drama Warrior has been cancelled by Sky – but there’s an outside chance that Netflix may make more episodes.

Before he became an international kung fu superstar thanks to films like Way Of The Dragon, in which he famously went hand to hand with Chuck Norris in Rome’s Colosseum, and Enter The Dragon (which features an equally iconic climactic battle which takes place in a hall of mirrors), Bruce Lee was an integral part of what made seminal 1960s show The Green Hornet a huge success.

Although his film career soon took off, had things turned out differently Lee would have continued to make an impact on the small screen. He’s generally accepted as being involved in creating the concept for Kung Fu, the drama that eventually starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, the pacifist who ended up in several fights every week.

The same concept was used as the basis for Warrior, an action drama series which premiered in 2019 and currently airs on Sky in the UK.

Developed by Jonathan Tropper, the show is set during the Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century and follows Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hope Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful organised crime families, or tongs.

Andrew Koji starred in the series, alongside Olivia Cheng, Dianne Doan, Jason Tobin, Kieran Bew, Dean Jagger, Tom Weston-Jones, Hoon Lee, Perry Yung, Langley Kirkwood, Miranda Raison, Chen Tang, Chelsea Muirhead, The Raid star Joe Taslim and martial arts cinema legend Mark Dacascos.

It has now been confirmed that Warrior has been cancelled, but all hope is not lost, as Deadline reports that Netflix have picked up the streaming rights to the three existing seasons of the show, and should it do well on the platform when it launches in February 2024, it could commission further series.

It’s an olive branch for the show, and as we hear more, we’ll let you know.

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