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Marco Polo to get the Starz treatment with new original series

January 13, 2012 |  1:55 pm

Starz, continuing to build its original programming slate, announced Friday that it will create a period drama about 13th century explorer Marco Polo.

The series, written and directed by John Fusco ("Hildago," "Young Guns"), will chronicle the  adventurer's early years in the court of Mongolian leader Kublai Khan. The epic tale will feature, according to the news release, political betrayal, forbidden relationships and, of course, martial arts. And, because it's Starz, you can assume there will be some nudity.

Executive producers of "Marco Polo" will be Harvey and Bob Weinstein (the Weinstein Co.), former NBC executive Ben Silverman (Electus) and Fusco. 

Production on the series is scheduled to begin next year.

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