'Marco Polo': Production begins for Weinstein Company's Netflix show
Marco Polo has been found.
The previously announced, highly anticipated drama from The Weinstein Company about the adventures of Marco Polo has begun production for Netflix.
The show, which will have a 10-episode first season and premiere on Netflix in late 2014, will follow the famed explorer’s journey as it takes him to the center of a brutal war in 13th century China, “a world replete with exotic martial arts, political skullduggery, spectacular battles and sexual intrigue,” according to the press release. The cast includes Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco Polo, Benedict Wong, Zhu Zhu, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, and Rick Yune.
Creator John Fusco and Harvey Weinstein will serve as executive producers, as will Electus’s Ben Silverman and Chris Grant. Dan Minahan (Game of Thrones, True Blood) will also serve as executive producer and will direct two episodes.
“Television audiences today are more discerning than ever before both in terms of character and the scope of the worlds those characters live in,” said Harvey Weinstein in a release. “We are proud to present a series that rivals some of the most successful films we’ve ever made. Marco Polo is a figure all have heard of, but few truly know, and we are excited to introduce him to the world. And we are shooting all over the world. From the sweeping vistas of Kazakhstan which act as backdrop for the wars and conquests of Kublai Khan to the intimate moments within the alleys and canals of Marco’s hometown of Venice, Italy, this is spectacle in the truest sense of the word.”