“Marco Polo,” considered as one of Netflix’s most anticipated original series, is set to be released on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 on Netflix. Read further for more about this news story.
According to a press release by Netflix, as published in various news outlets including TV Line, “Marco Polo” is an epic drama that stars Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy. The premise of the series is set in the 1200s and puts its focus in China. The show will feature elements of “martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles” in its storylines. Because of the premise, the show will heavily include Asian actors in the cast, such as Zhu Zhu (“Cloud Atlas”), Remy Hii (“Treading Water”), Tom Wu (“Skyfall”), Benedict Wong (“Prometheus”) and Rick Yune (“Olympus Has Fallen”)
Created and written by John Fusco (“Young Guns”), the big budget series has two directors, Espen Sandberg (“Kon-Tiki”) and Dan Minahan (“Game of Thrones”). The show was funded and produced by The Weinstein Company. Filming for “Marco Polo” was set at the Pinewood Studios, as well as on location in Malaysia, Italy and Kazakshtan.
“Marco Polo” first received a series commitment from the cable network Starz in January 2012. There were initially seven scripts already written and there were plans to film the series in China, which no other American TV show has ever done. But by August 2013, Starz let go of the project citing production delays and a full 2014 programming schedule as the reasons. The Weinstein Company then approached Netflix to air the series and by January 2014, the pick-up was made official.
“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,” said Harvey Weinstein, chairman of the Weinstein Company back when Netflix confirmed it was running “Marco Polo.”
The series will have ten episodes released on the same day across all of Netflix’s territories such as the United States, Latin America, United Kingdom and Ireland.
Here’s the first official photo released about the show:
— Yahoo TV (@YahooTV) August 30, 2014
So, there you go, Netflix will release all ten episodes of “Marco Polo” on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. For more about this show and other entertainment news, check back to Movie News Guide (MNG).
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Netflix Media Center