Mike Jones is traveling back to the 13th century journey of Marco Polo, coming on board to write the Warner Bros. project for Erwin Stoff at 3 Arts Entertainment.
Project was set up last year as a fantasy-adventure. Polo, a Venice merchant, traveled with his father and uncle through Asia for 24 years at a time when the Mongol empire of Kublai Khan stretched into Eastern Europe. According to Polo’s “Il Milione,” Khan asked Polo to serve as an ambassador, leading to his extensive travels throughout Asia on behalf of the Khan.
When Polo returned to Europe, Venice was at war with Genoa and he was imprisioned and dictated his stories to a cellmate before he was released in 1299.
Sarah Schechter is overseeing the project for the studio.
Warners set the Polo project up in March 2010 when it bought a pitch preemptively from the writing team of Adam Cooper and Bill Collage.
Jones was named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch last year year. He penned “Evenhand” and an adaptation of Steven Sherrill’s “The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break.” His spec “In the Event of a Moon Disaster” was picked up by FilmNation.
Jones also worked for Variety and served on the senior editorial staffs of Filmmaker Magazine and IndieWire.
Jones is repped by CAA, Gotham Group and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.