Netflix Picks Up ‘Marco Polo’ After Starz Declines
Netflix has picked up “Marco Polo,” a historical drama from The Weinstein Company and Electus, and plans to make it available to all members sometime in 2014.* The nine-episode drama was originally set up at Starz, which ultimately decided to release the project back to the producers after production costs proved to be too high (the original plan was to film the show in China). The series is now going to be filmed somewhere else (Deadline says it’s Malaysia). The Hollywood Reporter notes that Netflix could opt to make the show available in its nine-episode format, or option a feature film version of the story.
“Marco Polo” follows the adventures of the famous 13th century explorer and his relationship with Mongol emperor Kublai Khan during a time of war between two Chinese empires. It’ll apparently be epic, cinematic, and have all kinds of crazy battles, sexual intrigue, and religious tension — everything you want out of a show set before people made swords obsolete, I guess. The show was originally developed by Harvey and Bob Weinstein and Ben Silverman — all three will serve as executive producers. John Fusco (“Hidalgo”) and Dave Erickson (“Sons of Anarchy”) are on board as creator/writer and showrunner, respectively.
*It was extremely difficult to not make a “Marco… Polo” joke here, or in the title, or just in general.Tags: arrested development, electus, house of cards, Marco Polo, Netflix, Starz, The Weinstein Company