HBO’s CINEMAX to film new series ‘Warrior’ in Cape Town

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Wesgro, Cape Town and the Western Cape’s official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, welcomes the decision by CINEMAX to order the production of Season One of a new 10-part episodic series called ‘Warrior’.

The series, inspired by an original idea from the writings of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee, is set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the aftermath of the Civil War and tells the story of a martial arts prodigy who finds himself caught up in the bloody Tong wars.

This decision by CINEMAX, reaffirms their recognition of Cape Town as a desirable filming location, with Warrior being the latest high-profile project to be shot in the city, following on from other such projects like ‘Invictus’, ‘Blood Diamond’ and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. The production and filming of Warrior in Cape Town will provide a huge boost for the industry and the local economy as it is a large budget production. The production will result in an estimated 250 local crew jobs, with an additional 6500 person-days of extras or stunts. The production will take place over a period of 21 weeks – all of which will take place in South Africa.

Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris said: “We are very excited about the decision by CINEMAX to film their new series in Cape Town.”

The Cape Film Studios is an excellent facility and this recent decision by CINEMAX is yet another vote of confidence in the city and in the film studios themselves.”

Minister of Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape, Alan Winde added that “CINEMAX’s decision to shoot the ‘Warrior’ series in Cape Town further cements the reputation of our destination as a leading filming location.

“We know that when international productions shoot in the Western Cape, our region obtains valuable exposure.”

“The number of filming permits issued in Cape Town has doubled over the past two years.”

“Demand is growing because the Western Cape offers world-class facilities, such as the Cape Town Film Studios, and talented local crew. This production also showcases the economic value of the film industry, creating jobs for 250 residents.”

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