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Hong Kong Star Daniel Wu Tries To Resurrect Martial Arts As A TV Genre

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NorCal-born Hong Kong megastar Daniel Wu is set to star in and executive produce AMC's upcoming six-part martial arts drama, tentatively titled Badlands. This could be the first martial arts-centric TV show in the U.S. since Sammo Hung's late lamented show Martial Law, back in 2000.

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As Deadline reports, the series is based on popular 16th century Chinese novel Journey to the West. Here's a synopsis of the show:

In a land controlled by feudal barons, Badlands tells the story of a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Wu) and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.

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David Dobkin, who made Shanghai Knights and this year's The Judge, is set to direct.

Wu's stateside credits include the RZA-Eli Roth martial-arts extravaganza The Man with the Iron Fists and the space movie Europa Report; he'll also appear in 2016's Warcraft. Look for Badlands to appear on AMC in late 2015 or early 2016.

Image via Criticsight.com.

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DISCUSSION

Did Netflix's Marco Polo have martial arts in it? I remember io9 saying that it was going to be full of kung fu and other fun things. That sounds like a martial arts-involved TV show, if not as martial-arts centric as Badlands...

P.s. Will io9 be doing a review of Marco Polo? I hope so!