Marco Polo Is Netflix’s Big New Original Series “Where World’s Will Collide”

Marco Polo Is Netflix’s Big New Original Series “Where World’s Will Collide”

Move over Game of Thrones, Netflix is ready to unleash it’s big new original series, Marco Polo, with it’s handsome lead and a world “replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry”. At a reported budget of about $90 million for just 10 episodes, it’s teaser trailer alone looks more like a preview for the latest epic movie, than a made for streaming TV series. Martial arts, international landscapes, epic battles, sex and a very attractive international cast, looks to set up Marco Polo as ‘The’ series to watch, entering into the new year.

Premiering December 12th, the John Fusco (FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, YOUNG GUNS, HIDALGO) created series is Netflix’s first original period drama, offering a thrilling and visually breathtaking story told through the eyes of the famed 13th century traveler. Which may be a surprise for viewers whose only reference to the name reminds them of Summer. “You know, when people hear the name Marco Polo, they tend to think of a swimming pool game, or they think of a mapmaker/explorer who brought macaroni to the New World,” notes series creator John Fusco. “Very few people know that the true accounts of Marco Polo are so much more compelling and exciting than the mythology … which is rare. It’s usually the other way around.”

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A scene from Netflix’s “Marco Polo.” Photo Credit: Phil Bray for Netflix.

A big venture to continue the company’s global reach, those who may have passed on it’s previous hit original series like House of Cards or Orange is The New Black, could fall for the lure of Marco Polo’s epic scale and international appeal. With a budget that comes only second to HBO’s Game of Thrones, there is no shortage of effort in the details. “Early on, I said we have to treat this as if we’re making five two-hour features,” says executive producer Dan Minahan. “I don’t think anyone’s seen a world like this depicted before: this kind of grandeur, and gritty, and dark, and beautiful and exotic.”

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Olivia Cheng (L) and Joan Chen (R) in a scene from Netflix’s “Marco Polo.” Photo Credit: Phil Bray for Netflix.

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Benedict Wong (L) and Lorenzo Richelmy (R) in a scene from Netflix’s “Marco Polo.” Photo Credit: Phil Bray for Netflix.

Shot in Venice, Kazakhstan and Malaysia, production at it’s busiest included a construction crew of 400 and an art department of 160. In addition to hundreds employed on the crew, 130 tons of plaster and 1.6 tons of silicone were used in creating the sets. Fifty-one sets were built in Malaysia, and exterior shooting in Kazakhstan required creating weaponry and other gear from scratch. Lilly Kilvert, production designer who has worked on several period films (The Last Samurai, Valkyrie, The Crucible), says Marco Polo brought unique challenges and demands. “The prop department had to make saddles and dressing for all the horses; all the spears and everything had to be made“, she said.

Marco Polo's Lorenzo Richelmy

Lorenzo Richelmy in a scene from Netflix’s “Marco Polo.” Photo Credit: Phil Bray for Netflix.

One look at Italian actor Lorenzo Rechelmy and most would agree that it won’t be long before he becomes a household name. The 24 year old, who won the starring role of Marco Polo, after the creator’s wife came across his audition tape and brought it to the producers attention, had to work on his English as well as spend four hours in the gym a day, followed by intensive martial arts and horseback riding lessons preparing for the role. One that suits him very well.

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The entire 10-episode season of Marco Polo will become available to Netflix members December 12, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. PT. We expect for many, it will be hard to keep it from turning into a marathon night of epic proportions. We’ve put in on our “Must See” list this month.

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Photos/Media: ©Courtesy Netflix

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