Aly Semigran
January 13, 2012 AT 04:15 PM EST

From legendary pioneer to children’s swimming-pool game, Marco Polo is setting off to explore some brand new territory: cable television.

Starz announced today that, in conjunction with the Weinstein Company and Electus, the cable network will bring the 13th-century explorer to life for 21st-century audiences. Marco Polo is written and created by John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo), who will also serve as executive producer, alongside Electus’ Ben Silverman and Bob and Harvey Weinstein. According to the release, the upcoming series will be a “fantastical martial-arts epic, chronicling the famous adventurer’s early years in the court of Kublai Khan.”

Harvey Weinstein, who originally developed the idea and brought on Fusco to write the script, said in a statement, “The stories and adventures of Marco Polo are timeless and we couldn’t be more excited to work with Starz and Electus on this project. We look forward to beginning production next year on what is sure to be a fascinating, martial-arts filled telling of one of history’s greatest explorers.”

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