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'Marco Polo': Production underway for Weinstein Company's Netflix show

Marco Polo has been found.

The previously announced, highly anticipated drama from The Weinstein Company about the adventures of Marco Polo has begun production for Netflix.

The show, which will have a 10-episode first season and premiere on Netflix in late 2014, will follow the famed explorer’s journey as it takes him to the center of a brutal war in 13th century China, “a world replete with exotic martial arts, political skullduggery, spectacular battles and sexual intrigue,” according to the press release. The cast includes Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco Polo, Benedict Wong, Zhu Zhu, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, and Rick Yune.

Creator John Fusco and Harvey Weinstein will serve as executive producers, as will Electus’s Ben Silverman and Chris Grant. Dan Minahan (Game of Thrones, True Blood) will also serve as executive producer and will direct two episodes. READ FULL STORY

'SEAL Team Six' director John Stockwell: Q&A

Tonight, the film SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden premieres on the National Geographic Channel (8 p.m. ET) before becoming available to Netflix members in the U.S. on Nov. 5. Having already making headlines for its pre-election airdate — which director John Stockwell, distributor/Obama supporter Harvey Weinstein, and National Geographic have insisted is not politically motivated — the film uses composite characters to dramatize the events surrounding the killing of bin Laden. EW spoke with Stockwell.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Is there anything you’d like to make clear about Harvey Weinstein’s involvement with the film?
JOHN STOCKWELL: Well, he didn’t make me change the story so that it’s the president who fires the fatal shot that kills Osama bin Laden. Honestly, he’s so into this story, he’s so proud of our special forces and our intelligence community. He did afford us the ability to get some stock footage and news footage into the movie, the same way he did with The Queen and The Iron Lady. He didn’t choose the date, that was chosen by the National Geographic Channel, and they are majority owned by [News Corporation’s Fox Cable Networks], so I don’t think it was a political decision — at least not one that was intended to get the president re-elected. Harvey came in really late in the game, after I’d done my director’s cut, so he didn’t influence the actual movie very much. READ FULL STORY

National Geographic says 'SEAL Team Six' airdate before election isn't political

The National Geographic Channel will premiere the feature-length film SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden on Nov. 4, two days before the presidential election. The film, which dramatizes the events surrounding the killing of Bin Laden and was originally produced by The Hurt Locker‘s Nicolas Chartier for a theatrical release, will then be available to Netflix members in the U.S. on Nov. 5.

Per the announcement, the deal arose after a discussion between NGC President Howard T. Owens and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, the distributor of the film, regarding the insight the movie provides into this moment in the War on Terror and American history. Noting that Weinstein is a supporter of President Obama, who greenlit the successful raid, the deal with Nat Geo (which is a joint venture between National Geographic and News Corporation’s Fox Cable Networks) could seem carefully timed to benefit the president at the polls. In a statement, National Geographic Channel denies that politics played any part in the deal: READ FULL STORY

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