The Weinstein Company’s ‘Marco Polo’ Coming to Netflix in Late 2014

/ Jan 14, 2014

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“Marco Polo,” an upcoming historical drama on Netflix based on the adventures of the famous 13th century explorer, will debut in late 2014.

The series, which was originally developed by The Weinstein Company and Electus for Starz, was picked up last summer by Netflix with the intention of making it available sometime in 2014. It seems that’s still on track, as Netflix says the nine-episode series will begin shooting soon at Pinewood Studios in Malaysia.

A cast hasn’t been announced yet, though Netflix says it will be “global.” The show comes from “Kon-Tiki’ directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, executive producer and director Dan Minahan (“Game of Thrones”), and executive producer and creator John Fusco (“Hidalgo”). The Weinstein Company’s Bob and Harvey Weinstein and Electus’ Ben Silverman will serve as executive producers for the series.

Set during a brutal war in 13th century China, Netflix says “Marco Polo” will create a world of “astonishing martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery, and spectacular battles.”

“John Fusco and his team have created a timeless tale of power, adventure, betrayal and lust that combines deft storytelling and cinematic ambition,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s content chief, in a statement. “It is a fantastic addition to our slate of original series, both because of its quality and because it is the kind of gripping action-adventure that Netflix members love.”

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