The Weinstein Company hierarchy announced (8) that production is underway on the Netflix original series based on the epic adventures of the legendary explorer.

Kon-Tiki and the upcoming Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales directors Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg direct the season’s first two episodes of the 10-part first season. 

Shoot locations include Italy, Kazakhstan and the new Pinewood Studios in Malaysia. 

Netflix plans to premiere the series in late 2014. The cast includes Lorenzo Richelmy as Polo, Benedict Wong, Zhu Zhu, Tom Wu, Remy Hii and Rick Yune.

Creator John Fusco and Harvey Weinstein will serve as executive producers with Dan Minahan, who will direct two episodes. Collin Creighton will produce on behalf of The Weinstein Company.

  • The Weinstein Company has acquired rights from Beta Film to the crime drama series Gomorra after starting negotiations at MIPCOM 2013. Stefano Sollima, Claudio Cupellini and Francesca Comencini direct and Marco D’Amore, Fortunato Cerlino, Maria Pia Calzone, Salvatore Esposito, Marco Palvetti will star in the series of 12 one-hour instalments. Sky Italia, Cattleya, Fandango, La 7 and Beta Film produce Gomorra, based on Roberto Saviano’s novel about the Neapolitan crime organisation Camorra.