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Marco Polo ventures forth into Netflix

Netflix is further strengthening its lineup of original dramas with the announcement that it will carry a new series retelling the adventures of famed explorer Marco Polo.

The video streaming service will show the tale later this year in all territories Netflix operates in.

Marco Polo sees the explorer caught up in the middle of a brutal war in 13th century China, a world replete with astonishing martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles.

Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki, Max Manus: Man of War) take the helm with executive producer and director Dan Minahan (Game of Thrones, True Blood) and executive producer and creator John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo) also involved.

Produced by The Weinstein Company (TWC), the nine-chapter chronicle will begin shooting soon at the new Pinewood Studios, Malaysia, featuring a global cast.

“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.”

 “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 TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein.

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