Starz Orders A ‘Marco Polo’ Series

When Starz says "Marco," you say "Polo!"

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

In just a few weeks, Starz will revisit its most popular original series with the debut of "Spartacus: Vengeance." But soon the famous rebel won't be the only historical figure on Starz with his own TV show.

According to Deadline, Starz has given the greenlight for a "Marco Polo" TV series based on the famous explorer who lived during the 13th century.

John Fusco ("Hidalgo") created the new series, which will take place during the early years of Marco Polo's life while living in the court of Kublai Khan and acting as both a spy and an ambassador for Khan. Strangely enough, "Marco Polo" is also described as "a fantastical martial arts epic." A brief synopsis for the series was also released:

"Marco [Polo] treks across the Far East and returns with tales of his journeys. 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."

In a statement, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said “Marco Polo has captivated imaginations for centuries, and John’s script brings this fantastical story to life.” The "Marco Polo" series will be produced by the Weinstein Co. and Electus.

As an iconic figure in history, Marco Polo has previously been brought to life on film and in television many times, including the 2007 "Marco Polo" miniseries starring Ian Somerhalder and BD Wong (pictured above). 

In other Starz related news, the network announced at the TCA winter press tour that its '50s era Miami drama, "Magic City" will debut on Friday April 6. And on Starz's sister channel Encore, the Victorian-era psychological thriller "The Crimson Petal and The White" will premiere on Tuesday, March 06 and run as a four part miniseries.