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The latest journey of Marco Polo has brought the 13th century Italian merchant into the world of 21st century digital entertainment with a dose of '70s kung fu and just a hint of premium cable fantasy. "Marco Polo," which premiered on Friday (December 12) on Netflix, has been described as the streaming service's answer to "Game of Thrones," an expensive epic of warring armies, courtly intrigue and not-insignificant quantities of nudity. Of course, I'm not making that comparison and neither is "Marco Polo" Ep Daniel Minahan. "The similarity is that there's court intrigue but I think that's about it," Minahan tells me. "I mean we're set in Mongolia and China; it's the story of a warlord rather than six different kingdoms vying for their throne. There's really big differences in the way 'Marco Polo,' the tone of it and the structure of it. I think the only thing »
- Daniel Fienberg
Reader for more binge-watching? The new Netflix event Marco Polo debuts tomorrow! Here's Jose to talk to its glamorous stars...
The most surprising thing about Netflix's new series Marco Polo may be how much attention it gives to its non-titular female characters. Keep in mind, that the show takes place during the 13th century, an era in which women had little say in politics and were ignored by the history books filled as they are with male explorers and conquistadors, including the title character played by the gorgeous Lorenzo Richelmy. In a show which could have treated its women like decorative supporting objects, series creator John Fusco, the writers, and the actresses make them the most fascinating people we meet. As the boys plan wars, train in kung fu and engage in sword fights of all varieties, the women show their power through intellect.
Two of the best characters in the show are Empress Chabi, »
Based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s ornate court in 13th century China, the 10-episode Netflix original series Marco Polo is set in a world filled with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry. Marco Polo (Lorenzo Richelmy) is a young Italian merchant who arrives in China with a father he barely knows, who then offers him to the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong) as a servant. Captivated by the traveler’s way with words, Kublai Khan and Marco Polo develop a deep trust and bond that leads to many tales of adventure and legend. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, show creator/writer/executive producer John Fusco talked about why he was compelled to tell the story of Marco Polo, why Netflix was ultimately the perfect home for the show, the approach they decided to take with the material, having an unknown Italian actor »
- Christina Radish
Gullible media types have billed “Marco Polo” as Netflix’s possible answer to “Game of Thrones.” The more logical comparisons would be a thematic one to “Shogun” — that splendid miniseries of yesteryear, about a European traveler navigating strange-to-his-eyes Asian culture — and a qualitative tilt toward History’s “Vikings,” albeit with far more nudity, as well as clunkier dialogue. Handsome to look at, reasonably entertaining and questionable as history, the series luxuriates in a period setting that provides license for all the usual barbaric diversions. Still, having viewed the first six of 10 episodes, if somebody yells, “Marco!” nobody should feel compelled to answer right away.
Instead of a slavish devotion to the adventures of Marco Polo (newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy) — the young Italian who spent time in the court of Mongol leader Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong) in the 13th century, and gave rise to a game played by children in swimming pools »
- Brian Lowry
Netflix and The Weinstein Company are joining the historical epic TV game with the upcoming miniseries "Marco Polo," based on the famous adventures of the Venetian merchant visiting 13th century China. Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy is playing Polo, who travels to the court of Mongolian conquerer Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong), where he's drawn into a world of romance, intrigue and inter-dynastic drama. Zhu Zhu, Remy Hii, Olivia Cheng, Rick Yune, Claudia Kim ("Avengers: Age of Ultron") and Joan Chen ("Twin Peaks") co-star. The ten-episode series was crated by John Fusco, who will exec produce and serve as showrunner along with "Game of Thrones" vet Dan Minahan. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg ("Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales") directed the first two hours and will also serve as executive producers. "Marco Polo" was filmed in Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia. All ten episodes of premiere on Friday, December 12 at 12:01 a. »
- Dave Lewis
Netflix is setting sail with Marco Polo ahead of its Dec. 12 premiere. The streaming service's new original series, about the explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China, will be available on Dec. 12, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Pt. The 10-episode drama, created by John Fusco (Young Guns II), stars Italian newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco and Benedict Wong as Kublai Khan. Beijing-born Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas) plays Marco's love interest Kokachin. Joan Chen, Remy Hii, Olivia Cheng, Claudia Kim, Uli Latukefu, Chin Han and Tom Wu round out the cast. Check out the cast posters, below, and click here to see the trailer.
- Lesley Goldberg
Netflix has released a new trailer for their upcoming original series Marco Polo. This show looks pretty freakin’ spectacular, and it should! After all, Netflix dropped $90 million to make the damn thing!
Intrigue. Deception. Bloodshed. These are just some of the obstacles awaiting legendary explorer Marco Polo as he navigates the inner court of 13th century ruler, Kublai Khan. From the back alleys of Venice to the perilous Silk Road, from the opulence of the Imperial City to the battlefields of China, Marco Polo is an epic action-adventure, where cultures clash, blood is spilled, and lies are told...
The series was created by John Fusco, who is the writer of the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel. The first two episodes were directed by Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and they also serve as executive producers. These guys are talented directors, and they are currently developing Pirates of the Caribbean 5 for Disney. »
- Joey Paur
If the initial promo whetted your appetite for Netflix’s new historical adventure based on the travels and travails of explorer Marco Polo, the company is keeping the show in our minds via a new, slightly longer trailer. The Venetian, who made it as far as China and turned his wanderings into his epic travelogue The Travels Of Marco Polo, is played here by newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy. The 10-part series will see his traveller discover that the intrigue and betrayals of Kublai Khan’s court are tougher than even he imagined they might be. Hopefully he brought Diplomacy For Dummies along.This new promo keeps up the promise of lots of location shooting and some good-looking cinematography. Kon-Tiki co-directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg directed the first two episodes from scripts penned by show creator John Fusco.Also online is a new featurette about the show, which hits on December »
Netflix has unveiled the full-length Marco Polo trailer after the first teaser debuted online a few weeks ago. The new original series follows the titular explorer’s adventures throughout the 13th century in the court of Kublai Khan, the ruler of the Mongol Empire. Acting as the ruler’s spy, ambassador, and explorer, Marco treks across the Far East, resulting in a story filled with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue, and rivalry. While this trailer once again teases the massive scope and gorgeous landscapes of the show (Kon-Tiki and Pirates 5 helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg directed the first two episodes), there are some more character-centric shots that are less impressive. Regardless, I’m curious to see if Netflix’s first “large-scale period epic” original series is a success. Check out the new Marco Polo trailer after the jump. The series stars Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Chin Han, Zhu Zhu, »
- Adam Chitwood
Finally, an adaptation of William P. Young’s inspirational Christian bestseller The Shack is picking up steam over at Lionsgate, now that the studio has set Stuart Hazeldine to sit behind the camera on the project.
Hazeldine doesn’t have too much directing experience, but he’s made his mark on the film industry by scripting multiple epics, from Gods and Kings (the Moses pic which Steven Spielberg was developing before Ridley Scott powered ahead with Exodus) to Irish war saga Gods and Men and Bernard Cromwell adaptation Agincourt (which has Michael Mann set to direct). Previously, Hazeldine also helmed the BAFTA-nominated indie Exam, which he also wrote, and the short film Christian, about Jesus Christ disguising himself as a 14-year old boy to visit a tough British high school.
- Isaac Feldberg
Almost a year ago now, it looked like Forest Whitaker would be taking on an adaptation of William Paul Young’s bestseller The Shack as his next directing gig. He’s moved on since then, and now Lionsgate/Summit has found someone else for the job: step forward Exam’s Stuart Hazeldine.John Fusco has written the adaptation, which will follow a character named Mackenzie Allen Phillips who, while trying to recover from a huge personal tragedy, receives a mysterious note that invites him to the titular structure.The most intriguing part of the note is that it’s signed Papa, his wife’s nickname for God. Phillips decides to play along, and discovers that the Shack has more of a Biblical overtone than even the note suggested.Williams’ book hit shelves in 2007 and has been in development since 2013, when Summit bought the rights. Hazeldine has been busy as a »
I don't know if you've been paying attention, but Netflix has been creating an incredible line up of series for us to watch, including Orange is the New Black, Hemlock Grove, and House of Cards. They are now moving into more epic storytelling with their upcoming new series Marco Polo.
Apparently, Netflix spent $90 million on the first season, which consists of 10 episodes. You can definitely see where they spent that money in this trailer. They went all out on this series, and it looks absolutely stunning. Here's the synopsis:
Intrigue. Deception. Bloodshed. These are just some of the obstacles awaiting legendary explorer Marco Polo as he navigates the inner court of 13th century ruler, Kublai Khan. From the back alleys of Venice to the perilous Silk Road, from the opulence of the Imperial City to the battlefields of China, Marco Polo is an epic action-adventure, where cultures clash, blood is spilled, »
- Joey Paur
Netflix has released the first teaser for the highly anticipated original series Marco Polo premiering on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 12:01am Pt in all regions where Netflix is available.
In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, Marco Polo, starring newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy, is based on the famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China.
The sweeping drama's ten episodes were shot in Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia. The global cast includes Richelmy, Benedict Wong (Prometheus), Joan Chen (Twin Peaks), Chin Han (Arrow, The Dark Knight), Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas), Olivia Cheng (The Flash, Broken Trail), Claudia Kim (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Mahesh Jadu (Neighbours), Tom Wu (Skyfall), Remy Hii (Treading Water), Uli Latukefu (Devil's Playground) and Rick Yune (Olympus Has Fallen, The Fast and the Furious). John Fusco, who wrote the Academy-Award nominated feature Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, created the series and »
Netflix’s aggressive advances into original programming have so far included star-studded political dramas (House of Cards), animated sitcoms (BoJack Horseman) and distinctive dramedies (Orange is the New Black), but this winter will see the arrival of what could be the streaming giant’s most ambitious venture yet - Marco Polo.
A big-budgeted historical epic on the scale of Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons or Showtime’s The Tudors, Marco Polo follows the famed explorer’s early years spent in the court of Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan. Lorenzo Richelmy stars as Polo in a cast that also includes Benedict Wong, Joan Chen and Chin Han.
Unquestionably, the $90 million series, created by John Fusco (Hidalgo), is Netflix’s riskiest bid to date. If it takes off with viewers in the same way that House of Cards and Orange is the New Black have, we could be looking at one of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Netflix has released a slightly Nsfw (there's a small amount of nudity) teaser trailer for Marco Polo, giving us a first look at the upcoming series. Created and written by Hidalgo and The Forbidden Kingdom scribe John Fusco, the series is about the Italian explorer's early years in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China. Kon-tiki's Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg directed the pilot for the $90 million series, and it stars newcomer Lorenzo »
- Jesse Giroux
After big success with contemporary political and prison dramas, Netflix has now released the trailer for its first original series venture into historical drama - "Marco Polo". Lorenzo Richelmy plays the famed 13th century explorer who travels to the Far East and ends up in the court of Mongol Empire ruler Kublai Khan.
Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg ("Kon-Tiki") helmed the first two episodes of the series which was shot in Italy, Kazakhstan, and Malaysia. John Fusco ("Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron") created and penned the series which seems to boast lots of sex, violence and costly looking action. The ten-episode series will be available to stream in its entirety on Netflix from December 12th.
- Garth Franklin
Netflix is trying its hand at history with Marco Polo. The teaser trailer for the forthcoming original series focuses on the famed explorer's early years in Kublai Khan's court. Read more Netflix Rebooting Care Bears With New Animated Series "Marco, the blood of an adventurer courses through your veins," he is told in one scene. Speaking of blood, plenty of it appears to be getting spilled in the series. Sex and drugs also abound. Created by John Fusco, Marco Polo stars Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong (Prometheus), Joan Chen (Twin Peaks) and Chin Han (Arrow). The show is produced by
- Ryan Gajewski
Netflix has released the first Marco Polo trailer for its upcoming historical drama series. The show follows the explorer’s adventures throughout the 13th century in the court of Kublai Khan, the ruler of the Mongol Empire. Acting as the ruler’s spy, ambassador, and explorer, Marco treks across the Far East, resulting in a story filled with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue, and rivalry. The show was created and written by John Fusco (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron), and Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) directed the first two episodes. This trailer certainly teases a massive scope, as this appears to be Netflix’s biggest original series yet. There’s also plenty of sex and violence, but I’m most struck by the impressive visuals. Indeed, the drama was shot on location in Italy, Kazakhstan, and Malaysia. Watch the first Marco Polo trailer after the jump. »
- Adam Chitwood
Et has a first look at what could be the newest binge-watching obsession on Netflix.
Et has a first look at what could be the newest binge-watching obsession on Netflix -- Marco Polo.
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Lorenzo, 24, a rising young talent from Italy, was excited to show viewers a side of the famed explorer that they hadn't known before.
"Marco has this passion for people and culture, and he fell in love with this amazing world," said Lorenzo.
Show creator John Fusco (Young Guns) agreed, saying, "When people hear the name Marco Polo they tend to think of a map or explorer. Very few people know the true story of Marco Polo, and it's so much more compelling and exciting than the mythology."
The 10-hour »
Back in August, you might recall that we brought you an exclusive first look at images from Netflix’s new drama, which chronicles the adventures of Italian adventurer Marco Polo. If you were wondering to yourself what the pretty pictures look like when brought to life, your wait is over, because the first teaser trailer for the show has arrived. The Venetian, who made it as far as China and turned his wanderings into his epic travelogue The Travels Of Marco Polo, is played here by newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy. The 10-part series will see his traveller discover that the intrigue and betrayals of Kublai Khan’s court are even fiddlier to negotiate than whatever A-road connects Venice to Ancient Mongolia.This first batch of footage certainly bigs up the scope of the series, with lots of location shooting and some good-looking cinematography. Kon-Tiki co-directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg directed »
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