Make way for even more original programming on Netflix. The video-streaming service has ordered nine episodes of “Marco Polo,” a series about the 13th century explorer. It joins Netflix’s other original offerings, including “House of Cards,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Lilyhammer.”
The show is produced by The Weinstein Company and will begin shooting soon to debut later in 2014 on the service. Production will take place in Malaysia, with the series set in China.
“[Creator and executive producer] John Fusco and his team have created a timeless tale of power, adventure, betrayal and lust that combines deft storytelling and cinematic ambition,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says in a statement.
“Marco Polo” was originally developed to air on Starz in 2012, before the network passed on the project. There is no announced cast yet, but Dan Minahan (“Game of Thrones”) will also executive produce, along with Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, both of whom will direct the series as well.