Netflix’s first foray into historical drama has proved successful. Less than a month after Marco Polo arrived on the video-on-demand service, a second series has been commissioned (presumably where he finally teaches the world how to play a blindfolded game).
Based on the iconic explorer, the series stars Lorenzo Richelmy and Benedict Wong, and was Netflix’s most expensive original series to date, with filming in Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Italy.
The story follows the young Marco’s (Richelmy) experiences in the court of Mongolian warlord Kublai Khan (Wong) as he attempts to safeguard his empire, while Marco learns the ways of his new captors.
The announcement came at the annual Television Critics Association conference in America, where Netflix also revealed the release dates of several other series including superhero series Daredevil, which will star British actor Charlie Cox as the titular blind hero.
The series will launch globally on the 10th of April, with Tina Fey comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt announced as debuting earlier on March 6th. Other revealed releases include Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman’s Grace and Frankie (May 8th) and Bloodline (March 20th), which comes from the makers of Damages.
Marco Polo series one is available to stream on Netflix
Read our preview of the series here.