Staff WriterThe Fox network has picked up a new action-adventure show, Hieroglyph, as a 13 episode series on Thursday, October 17.
The series is looking to be set in ancient Egypt. It will be following a once notorious thief, who is removed from prison to serve the Pharaoh, as he [navigates] palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers.”
The pilot episode of the series was written by Pacific Rim director Travis Beacham. The show was lucky enough to slip right past the pilot system as a straight to series order. “Travis Beacham has an inventive mind, and he has wrapped this all together in this intoxicating new drama," said Fox executive Kevin Reilly. He announced their plan as wanting to do a show about “deceit, sex, intrigue in the court and fantastical goings-on. No better place to set that than ancient Egypt.”
Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope of Chernin Entertainment, and director Miguel Sapochnik will serve as executives of the show alongside Beacham. Sapochnik is also slated to direct the premiere episode as production begins in early 2014.
Fox picked up 3 other straight to series orders in addition to Hieroglyph. First: Gotham, a prequel to the Batman franchise which follows the life of Jim Gordon as a police officer before his career as the commissioner; Second: A college comedy series by Tina Fey, Matt Hubbard, and Robert Carlock; and a sitcom starring SNL writer John Mulaney.
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