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‘Marco Polo’ screens in Mongolia

By B.TUNGALAG

A VIP screening of the first two episodes of Netflix’s “Marco Polo” series took place at Hunnu Mall on March 26. Writer of the series John Fusco, director Dan Minahan, producer Richard Sharkey, actor B.Amarsaikhan, famous Mongolian artists, and politicians attended the event.
The VIP screening started with the red carpet entrance of important business and entertainment figures. Deputy Minister of Education, Culture, and Science Ya.Tumurbaatar and Ulaanbaatar Mayor E.Bat-Uul gave a speech at the opening of the event.
“I am proud that Mongolia’s story is being told by a global media channel with an audience of millions,” remarked Mayor E.Bat-Uul, “as this will greatly boost our tourism.” He said he was also glad that this spring was full of “Hollywood” visits, as the creators of the film “Wolf Totem” visited UB last month.
The creators of the series are searching for Mongolians for supporting roles and background roles for the show’s second season, which is being shot in Hungary, Malaysia, and New Zealand. A cast of around 60 Mongolians for supporting roles, background players, stunt performers, and interns will be needed for the 17-week shoot in Hungary, which starts production this July.
B.Amarsaikhan, who starred in the series as Arig Bukh, said, “The Marco Polo team is giving a big opportunity to Mongolians. I have been part of their team and met many famous and acclaimed Hollywood artists.”
“The supporting roles will require delivering English and Mongolian lines and bringing depth and the context of Mongolian character to the show. The background players should be skillful in horseback riding, archery, butchery, singing, playing traditional musical instruments, wrestling, and making traditional handicraft. The supporting roles are in the process of being recruited and will be hired with all of their costs covered, whereas the background players and interns will have wages and a portion of their expenses covered, and the remainder has to be fundraised from Mongolia,” said the creators of the show.
Chairman of MetaStory NGO B.Narantsogt, who received the rights to screen the series in Mongolia, said, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Netflix is a modern powerhouse and ‘Marco Polo’ is a story deeply rooted in 13th century Mongolia. The creators truly care about illuminating and showcasing our history, especially with the previously unknown angle of Mongolians being the rulers of the Yuan Empire. We should partner with the Marco Polo team, work with them, and learn from them as much as possible. The benefits that come from this, tourism and cultural awareness-wise, are more important than anything we’ve ever seen here in Mongolia.”

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