Phillip Noyce is set to direct Warrior, NBC’s magical martial arts drama pilot written/executive produced by Traveler creator David DiGilio and executive produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. The project, from Universal TV, was the first to get a traditional pilot order at the broadcast networks this season. Set in a grounded, contemporary multicultural and sometimes magical milieu, Warrior centers on a damaged heroine who works undercover with physical and spiritual guidance from a mysterious martial arts master to bring down an international crime lord. The premise makes Warrior a contender for NBC’s Friday genre block anchored by Grimm.

Salt helmer Noyce, repped by UTA, previously directed the pilots for NBC’s Crisis and ABC’s Revenge. On the feature side, he most recently directed The Giver.