[TV] Netflix Begins Production On New Series Marco Polo Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.08.2014
Coming Soon reports that Netflix and The Weinstein Company have started production on the new series Marco Polo in Italy, Kazakhstan and the new Pinewood Studios in Malaysia. Netflix will debut all ten episodes late this year. The series stars Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco Polo, Benedict Wong, Zhu Zhu, Tom Wu, Remy Hii and Rick Yune. It was created by John Fusco, who will executive produce with Harvey Weinstein, Patrick MacManus and Dan Minahan (who will direct two episodes). Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) will direct the first two episodes of the season. Collin Creighton will produce for The Weinstein Company.
Here's a synopsis: The famed explorer's journey 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.
Weinstein said: "Television audiences today are more discerning than ever before both in terms of character and the scope of the worlds those characters live in. 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."
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos added: "John, Dan, Joachim, Espen and our partners at The Weinstein Company are elevating the art of storytelling and delivering cinematic quality that we're certain our members will enjoy. In this commanding, epic story of Marco Polo, through the magnetic cast they've assembled, the spectacular martial arts work they are showcasing and the exotic locations that serve as a backdrop, they have really outdone themselves."