Fox Orders Ancient Egypt Drama ‘Hieroglyph’ Straight to Series

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Scribe Travis Beacham recently co-wrote 'Pacific Rim' with Guillermo Del Toro

Fox has offered a straight-to-series order to “Hieroglyph,” a period drama from Travis Beacham.

Set in an ancient Egypt where fantasy and reality intertwine, “Hieroglyph” follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the pharoah, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminals and even a few divine sorcerers.

Beacham penned the pilot for “Hieroglyph,” which was almost ordered to pilot during the 2011-12 development season. Fox has ordered 13 episodes of the project for the 2013-14 season.

“We wanted to do a show about deceit, sex, intrigue in the court and fantastical goings-on — no better place to set that than ancient Egypt,” said Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment for Fox. “Travis Beacham has an inventive mind, and he has wrapped this all together in this intoxicating new drama.”

20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment will produce the series, with Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Beacham serving as exec producers on “Hieroglyph.” Miguel Sapochnik will helm the first episode, and also exec produce.

“Hieroglyph” doesn’t mark Fox’s first series order during this development run. The net has handed a series order to an ensemble comedy from John Mulaney and offered series commitments to projects including Batman-universe drama “Gotham” and a coed college comedy from Tina Fey.

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  1. Mina says:

    What about making it an all Egyptians cast? Enough with White Europeans or Black Africans trying to steal our ancestry! People should come over here and see that most of us in Egypt are as dark skinned as are painted ancient Egyptians.

  2. LaShonda Matlock says:

    Just cast African and Middle Eastern actors PLEASE!! I swear if I see an all white cast I will SCREAM!!!!

  3. frostback says:

    You know what you do, when you walk into a room and two people are in a really violent argument? You pretend that you forgot something and go back for it, don’t you?

    If you want the audience to vanish, just get in to the Afrocentrist versus Eurocentrist argument. Oh, you’ll get a lot of stuff out of the true believers, but the overwhelming majority of us don’t need history to improve our self-esteem or explain our problems.

    We grew up.

  4. Nefertiti P. Jones says:

    Here is a GREAT CHANCE to do something really special. Make it an ALL BLACK cast and give some excellent under-utilized talent an opportunity to shine. MAKE IT AN ALL BLACK cast and me…….

    An honorary Pointer Sister!


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