Netflix has picked up nine episodes of Marco Polo created by John Fusco (Young Guns II).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg will direct and serve as executive producers with Dan Minahan. In addition, Electus’ Ben Silverman and Chris Grant will be executive producing.
The series focuses on famed explorer Marco Polo and his journey into the brutal 13th century war in China. This world was full of martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles.
Starz originally developed and put Marco Polo straight to series in January 2012. Filming the series in China had its glitches and the network released the Marco Polo back to producers The Weinstein Co. and Electus. Still under the same producers and under the wing of Netflix the series will shoot at the new Pinewood Studios, Malaysia. Cast announcements will come later.
“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 chief content officer. “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.”
Harvey and Bob Weinstein first developed the series with Silverman. Electus will distribute it internationally.
Harvey Weinstein TWC co-chairman added; “With the glowing success of series like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, it’s clear that Netflix is breaking tremendous ground in the realm of streaming original content. We could not be more excited to partner with them on this project, along with the creative tour de force of John Fusco and his talented team.”
Marco Polo premieres in late 2014.