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John Fusco ("Young Guns II") created the ten episode series which will look at Polo's time in the court of Kublai Khan. Also starring are Benedict Wong, Zhu Zhu, Joan Chen, Remy Hill, Olivia Cheng, Claudia Kim, Uli Latukefu, Chin Han and Tom Wu.
The first photos from the new series are also now available below.
- Garth Franklin
Netflix's Marco Polo will set sail in December, it was announced on Thursday. 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. Fusco and Harvey
- Hilary Lewis
The first Under Siege movie proved both a springboard for Steven Seagal's career, and also one for director Andrew Davis (who would go on to make The Fugitive). The second Under Siege movie, which switched the action from a boat to a train, did not. We've a soft spot for Under Siege 2, but the 1995 follow-up, directed by Geoff Murphy (Fortress 2, Young Guns II) did not ignite in the same way as the first. And, over time, Steven Seagal and cinema releases were mentioned less and less in the same sentence.
However, Seagal - whose top 25 movies we counted down in, er, some detail here - is keen to make a third instalment of the Under Siege series. Chatting to The Big Issue, he revealed that he'd want the »
After taking on politics and the American prison system with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, respectively, Netflix is looking to the high seas for its next original series. Marco Polo, based on the life of the famed explorer, was green-lit back in January, and now the streaming giant has secured an all-international cast to lead the series, planned to run for 10 episodes.
Lorenzo Richelmy will star as the titular explorer, whose journeys take him into the center of a vicious war raging in 13th century China, into “a world replete with exotic martial arts, political skullduggery, spectacular battles and sexual intrigue,” according to the official press release. The Italian actor is almost entirely unknown to American audiences, though he did star in the 2010 film Fat Cat, for which he won an acting award at the Brussels International Film Festival.
Richelmy is joined by multiple actors who »
- Isaac Feldberg
Netflix's Marco Polo has raised its sail and set its key cast ahead of its late 2014 bow. Lorenzo Richelmy has been tapped to star as the famed explorer in the drama series based on the adventures of Marco Polo, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 10-episode drama was created by John Fusco (Young Guns II) and focuses on the famed explorer's journey that takes him to the center of a brutal war in 13th century China -- a world replete with astonishing martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles. Story: Netflix Orders 'Marco Polo' to Series The
- Lesley Goldberg
Did you know that only one other Oscar ceremony has ever been held on a March 2nd? That'd be March 2nd, 1944 which crowned Casablanca 1943's best picture. Let's hope Oscar chooses as well tonight.
May your favorites lose tonight ... if they're different than mine! Kisses.
Though Casablanca is one of those rare pictures that virtually everyone loves, it actually only won three of its eight Oscar nominations that night: Picture, Director (Michael Curtiz), and Screenplay. Only Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940) won fewer Oscars among the Best Pictures of the 1940s with just two statues. So I don't wanna see any online snarking if 12 Years a Slave goes home with only a 2 or 3 statues including the big one. Spreading the wealth is not a new thing and i'd argue it's a healthier thing for the movies, too.
- NATHANIEL R
New series “Marco Polo” is coming to Netflix, which has ordered nine episodes of the drama that centers around the explorer’s journey through battle-littered, 13th-century China. The story was created by John Fusco (“Young Guns II”) and will be directed by “Game of Thrones” director Dan Minahan and “Kon-Tiki” Oscar nominees Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning. With a “Thrones” helmer attached to the project, we’re sure it won’t disappoint the areas of blood, sex, and betrayal. "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." A back and forth between Starz—whose attempt at filming in China »
It's official: Netflix is setting sail with Marco Polo. The streaming service has picked up nine episodes of the drama created by John Fusco (Young Guns II), The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Kon-Tiki Oscar nominees Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, who will direct, will also executive produce along with Dan Minahan (Game of Thrones). Electus' Ben Silverman and Chris Grant will also exec produce. Marco Polo will premiere in late 2014. The drama was originally developed at Starz, which picked up the project straight to series in January 2012. The cable network released the drama back to producers The Weinstein Co.
- Lesley Goldberg
8 items from 2014
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