Netflix Plans ‘Marco Polo’ Series for a Late 2014 Premiere

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Netflix is on a roll, it seems. The online streaming service – which gained headlines with its resurrection of cult favorite series Arrested Development – has demonstrated an increased desire to expand its original programming as of late.

In addition to hit shows like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black (both of which have been renewed for season 2), Netflix has a number of other projects in the works, including four series and a miniseries resulting from its partnership with Marvel Studios. Now another show is being added to the list.

Netflix has announced its plans to launch Marco Polo, a drama series centering on the early days of the titular explorer. Currently set to premiere in late 2014, the show is created by writer John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo), who will also serve as executive producer. Also involved are directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (best known for the Oscar-nominated Norwegian film Kon-Tiki) and executive producer/director Dan Minahan (Game of Thrones, True Blood).

The show – which was once in the works over at Starz, before the network ultimately passed – will take place over the course of nine chapters and will reportedly prominently feature Polo’s involvement in the war-torn setting of 13th-century China. No word yet on potential cast members or if other creative talents will come onboard to share the writing and directing duties.

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Marco Polo marks something of a creative departure for Netflix, which has largely focused on contemporary series thus far with its original programming. Fusco has proven himself a capable screenwriter, though this is his first stab at penning a series, but it’s likely that Minahan – who has a decade’s worth of experience in television – was brought on to compensate for Fusco’s relative lack thereof.

Perhaps even more notably, Rønning and Sandberg tackled a historical adventure centering on a explorer to great acclaim with their work on Kon-Tiki (which led to them being hired to direct Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales for Disney). There’s little doubt that they could prove themselves an essential part to the potential success of Marco Polo.

Of course, it’s far too early to make a judgment call about this series, but with the talent already involved, it does appear that the ingredients are falling into place for Netflix. After all, networks like HBO and Showtime have been trying their hand at historical dramas for years. If Netflix plays its hand just right, it could have another winner.

Do you think Marco Polo sounds like a series worth adding to your Netflix instant queue, or should the streaming service focus its attention elsewhere? Sound off in the comments section with your thoughts.


Marco Polo will debut exclusively on Netflix in late 2014.

Source: Netflix

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  1. Will at some point he fall into the ocean and his first mate shouts, “MARCO! MARCO!” and a crewman spots him then points and says, “Polo.”?

    • We can only hope. ;)

  2. If Netflix makes Marco Polo, I will definitely give it a watch on my instant queue. It might actually be interesting.

  3. That is brilliant… now please get a space opera too, missing those glory days of space operas or maybe buy the stargate franchise from mgm… anyhow, i want some space battles…

  4. “I knew it! It wasn’t just a water sport!”
    Like if you know what movie this quote is from. :)

  5. Does Netflix ever release their original series on DVD?

  6. i would definitely watch this and any other historical series.

  7. I completed watching all 10 episodes and did so without stop. It kept me at the edge of my seat, completely enthralled and hungry for more. Excellent actors, scenery, costume design, language and story-line!

    • I agree with all you said Tanya about Marco Polo

  8. very good would like to see more like this on Neflex

  9. I recently became a member of Netflix I am glad I did. I just watched all 10 episodes of series one of Marco Polo, loved all of it, the woman featured in the series I found to be very beautiful like Zhu Zhu, Joan Chen, Vanessa Vanderstaaten and Shu An Oon. I think like most who oved this eries want to know when series 2 will air? does anyoone know?

  10. Marco Polo Season 1 was awesome! Each episode was very intriguing. I’m looking forward to Season 2!

  11. Please tell me there will be a season 2 I am hooked!

  12. Love this series could not stop watching it , the scenes were beautifully shot , the costumes were awesome , cant wait for season 2!!!!

  13. I just finished watching season 1 of Marco Polo. I watched all 10 episodes in 2 nights. Wow, did I ever enjoy it. I am looking forward to watching season 2.

  14. I finished Marco Polo season 1 and I have re-watched the entire season three times simply because I missed small details of the storyline. This series is awesome and should stand the test of time like Game of Thrones. When will season 2 be released.

  15. I just finished watching Season 1 of Marco Polo and I was very impressed with it! It has a lot of action, and is R rated because it has nudity and sexual content. I hope to see Season 2…I really loved it. Bravo Netflix!

  16. I think netflix should continue with this series, marco polo, I truly enjoyed the series & would like to see more of it. Will there be a season 2? Please continue with this series! Like always NETFLIX is the best. I am a devoted fan!

    • Apparently therr is to be 9 seasons in total but as for now thats hear say but with the first season being as great as it is one can only expect a follow up. heres hoping for more seasons to come

  17. amazing series and with a further 8 more to come it will be a series worth watching. highly recomended.

    • I loved season one and look forward to season two.

  18. I love season 1 of Marco Polo great ! Hope there are many more seasons to come. Will definitely watch all of them.