Marco Polo filmed in Kazakhstan to premier in December on Netflix08 november 2014, 15:26
Marco Polo TV series will premier on Netflix on December 12, 2014, Tengrinews reports.
Filming of the Weinstein brothers TV series took place in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstani actors were involved in scenes filmed in Almaty Oblast.
According to the line producer Askhat Ibrayev of the ADIGUL family films, the filming in Kazakhstan took 17 days. The filming crew worked in Charyn Canion, Aksay and Alassa villages near Almaty. Kazakhstan was chosen for filming of Marco Polo because of its unusual nature and low costs of filming.
“The group consisted of 135 foreigners and 400 Kazakhstanis. It was difficult in all aspects: transportation, visa applications and even dealing with different personalities. Logistics among other things was the most difficult part. Especially, if you consider that there were a lot of participants who lived in different hotels. Organizing transportation to different filming locations was not easy. It is a historical project with costumes, decorations and a great number of staff members. Usually, such projects require a year of preparations. We finished the job in one month. Everything worked out in the end,” Ibrayev shared.”
The story takes place in the 13th century China, where a young traveller and writer Marco Polo spends several years. According to Harvey Weinstein, the TV series will be a great mixture of political intrigue, large-scale battle scenes and love stories.
Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy plays Marco Polo. Benedict Wong (Prometheus), Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas), Rick Yune (Olympus Has Fallen), Tom Wu (Skyfall) and Remy Hii (Treading Water) take part in the historical TV series. Kazahstani actors Daulet Abdygaparov (Myn Bala), Erden Telemisov, Dinmukhamed Akhimov and Tolepbergen Baisakalov also participate in Marco Polo.
Harvey Weinstein is the executive producer of the drama along with the creator of the series John Fusco. Dan Minahan (Game of Thrones, True Blood) directed the first two episodes along with Oscar nominated Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki).
By Gyuzel Kamalova