Netflix is going epic and historical -- the streaming service has ordered a series based on the adventures of explorer and trader Marco Polo in the midst of a war in 13th century China.
The series, which is produced by the Weinstein Company, comes from directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (of the Oscar-nominated "Kon-Tiki"), executive producer and director Dan Minahan ("Game of Thrones") and executive producer and creator John Fusco ("Hidalgo").
The nine-episode series begins production soon at the new Pinewood Studios, Malaysia, to premiere in all Netflix territories in late 2014. "John Fusco and his team have created a timeless tale of power, adventure, betrayal and lust that combines deft storytelling and cinematic ambition," said Netflix's Ted Sarandos. "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," added the Weinstein Company's Harvey Weinstein. "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."