Warner Bros. and Francis Lawrence Find Marco Polo Fantasy
by Ethan Anderton
March 4, 2010
Sometimes it seems like the ideas being pumped out of Hollywood are being decided by a random game of chance, or maybe even some studios blindly grabbing for something, like in a game of Marco Polo. But in this case, Variety reports that Warner Bros and director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) are developing a film actually focusing on the 13th century journey of trader and explorer Marco Polo. But rather than being a biopic, the Adam Cooper and Bill Collage scripted story will re-imagine history and take the form of a fantasy adventure. However, no story details are available as the logline is being kept under tight wraps.
Marco Polo was a merchant from the Venetian Republic who wrote Il Milione, which introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China. He learned about trading whilst his father and uncle, Niccolò & Maffeo, traveled through Asia. He later met Kublai Khan, who asked him to serve as an ambassador, leading to his extensive travels in Asia on behalf of Khan. This is just one of many recent re-imaginings of real events and people in history (others include Moby Dick and the story of Moses, both of which were written by Cooper & Collage, so it sounds like they've found their niche). These types of flicks are right up my alley if they're done right, simply because I love the idea of fictional applications to real history. Anyone think this could be fun?