Netflix have opted not to renew their original adventure drama series Marco Polo for a third season.
Originally debuting on the streaming platform back in December 2014, the show created by John Fusco starred Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy as the titular Venetian explorer and chronicled his rise through the 13th century court of brutal Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong).
Although Marco Polo never fared very well critically, it currently stands at just 24% for the first season on reviewing site Rotten Tomatoes with the majority of critics expressing a strong dislike for uninteresting plotlines and a poorly written protagonist, it’s been rumoured that the show’s incredibly high production cost may have been a big contributing factor in its cancellation.
Priced at around $9 million per episode, it beats out HBO’s hugely popular fantasy series Game of Thrones which comes in at just over $6million per episode as well as AMC’s long running zombie drama The Walking Dead at $2.75 million per episode.
“Asian history and the world of martial arts have fascinated me for all of my career – I’ve made many movies around these topics and this genre, and now this TV show I’m so proud of,” said Harvery Weinsten whose company produced the show. “John has been a great partner and we’re both fascinated to continue exploring this exciting period in history on future projects together."
Marco Polo is only the fourth original Netflix series to be cancelled alongside the Eli Roth produced horror Hemlock Grove, American-Norwegian comedy crime series Lilyhammer and the dark dramatic thriller Bloodline.