Warner Bros. Pictures has set Kingdom of Heaven screenwriter William Monahan to write Marco Polo, a historical epic based on Polo’s autobiography “Travels” that will be a star vehicle for Matt Damon.
Variety says 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.
Monahan also wrote Tripoli, the story of how U.S. soldier William Eaton joined forces with an exiled king to overthrow the corrupt ruler of what is now Libya. Ridley Scott is attached to direct.
Monahan is adapting the Cormac McCarthy novel Blood Meridian for Scott to direct, with Scott Rudin producing.