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“Marco Polo,” the legendary pioneer and explorer from the 13thÂ century, will have his tale told in an epic new scripted original series, as announced jointly by Starz, President and CEOÂ Chris Albrecht, The Weinstein Company’s Co-Chairman,Â Harvey Weinstein, and Electus Chairman and Founder,Â Ben Silverman.
“Marco Polo” is written and created byÂ John FuscoÂ (Hidalgo, Young Guns, Thunderheart, Spirit: Stallion of the CimarronÂ - Academy AwardÂ nomination for Best Screenplay).Â It will be executive produced byÂ Harvey and Bob WeinsteinÂ (The Weinstein Company);Â Ben SilvermanÂ (Electus), as well as Fusco.
“Marco Polo” is Fusco’s fantastical martial arts epic, chronicling the famous adventurer’s early years in the court ofÂ Kublai Khan.Â Acting as the ruler’s spy, ambassador and explorer, Marco treks across the Far East and returns with tales of his journeys.Â In a court filled with political betrayal and forbidden relationships, Marco must use his martial arts training to survive, but it is his ability to enchant Khan with imaginative tales of his kingdom that is often his best tool to stay alive.
Starz Entertainment will own the exclusive license to the domestic premium pay TV rights and certain digital rights to the series for its flagship STARZ network, while Starz’s Anchor Bay arm will distribute the property inÂ the United StatesÂ in home video. The Weinstein Company and Electus’ global distribution arm Electus International control all remaining rights.
Albrecht commented on the latest addition to the Starz Original series lineupÂ that “Marco PoloÂ has captivated imaginations for centuries, and John’s script brings this fantastical story to life.Â In addition to a remarkable story, we share a joint creative vision with our partners at The Weinstein Company and Electus to deliver a larger than life cinematic adventure for audiences inÂ the United StatesÂ and around the world.”
“The stories and adventures ofÂ Marco PoloÂ are timeless and we couldn’t be more excited to work with Starz and Electus on this project,” said Weinstein. “We look forward to beginning production next year on what is sure to be a fascinating, martial-arts filled telling of one of history’s greatest explorers.”
“We are thrilled to be able to work with an exceptional creative team to tell this amazing story in an updated and unique way,” saidÂ Ben Silverman, Chairman and Founder of Electus. “Starz has been a tremendous partner in allowing us maximum creative freedom to bring audiences a fresh perspective on history andÂ John Fusco, who lives and breathes this material, is uniquely qualified to bring this story to life.”
Weinstein originally developed the idea and broughtÂ John FuscoÂ on to write the script. It was then brought to Electus and together they delivered the project to Starz.Â John FuscoÂ is represented by UTA and Anonymous Content.