Netflix Cancels ‘Marco Polo’ After 2 Seasons Due To Expensive Budget
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Deadline reports that the show had a healthy production budget, which worked when it attracted viewership in the first season. “Marco Polo” premiered on the streaming site in 2014 and was followed up with Season 2 in July 2016. This time, however, raves about the show didn’t meet Netflix’s expectations.
“We want to thank and are grateful to our partners on Marco Polo from the actors, whose performances were enthralling and top-notch; to the committed producers, including John Fusco, Dan Minahan, Patrick Macmanus, and their crew, who poured their hearts into the series; and of course Harvey, David and our friends at TWC, who were great collaborators from start to finish,” Netflix head Cindy Holland said in a statement.
“Marco Polo” is produced by The Weinstein Co. It is about 13th century characters headed by Kublai Khan, who hires the explorer Marco Polo in his empire. The show stars Benedict Wong, Lorenzo Richelmy, Joan Chen, Olivia Cheng, Remy Hii, Claudia Kim and Tom Wu.
With the end of “Marco Polo,” the studio is said to be concentrating on other TV projects, such as the upcoming Navy SEALS series, “Six” and a David O. Russell project. “Marco Polo” creator John Fusco, however, said that he’s in talks to do something else with the studio. “We’re working on an idea right now in a similar space that we’re very excited about,” the writer said, referring to his upcoming plans with The Weinstein Co.