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.

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.


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.

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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!