Netflix Orders Marco Polo Series

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Netflix has just closed a deal for its newest original show. The company has ordered a nine-episode series of Marco Polo, a “drama of politics, manipulation and deadly warfare among clashing empires.” The series is set to be produced by the Weinstein Company at the new Pinewood Studios in Malaysia.

The project has had quite a journey since its conception, with Starz originally buying a 10-episode series in January, 2012. Seven scripts were brought in, but the plan to film in China proved to be too much trouble. It would have been the first U.S. show to ever film in that country. Starz let the project go and Netflix jumped on it.

Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, best known for their Academy Award-nominated film Kon-Tiki, have been attached to the series. They’ll be joining executive producer and director Dan Minahan (Game of Thrones), as well as creator and executive producer John Fusco (Hidalgo).

Deadline reports that the series “is set in 13th century China, a world replete with astonishing martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles.” Yep, we’re in.

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos had this to say: “John Fusco and his team have created a timeless tale of power, adventure, betrayal and lust that combines deft storytelling and cinematic ambition.”

Marco Polo is set to hit Netflix in late 2014.

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