Monahan and Damon Play ‘Marco Polo’

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William Monahan is the scribe behind the upcoming Ridley Scott epic Kingdom of Heaven, a film based on the 12th Century Crusades and Bill isn’t moving far out of the past as he bumps up a century to the 13th century Far East explorations of Marco Polo.

Monahan will write Marco Polo as a historical epic based on Polo’s autobiography “Travels” and the film will be set up as a starring vehicle for Matt Damon.

A deal is being negotiated for Damon to play Polo, who ventured farther into Asia than any Westerner before him. His journey took 24 years, during which Polo became a confidante of Kublai Khan and witness to many technological advances of China and Mongolia.