New show ‘Hieroglyph’ gets series order from Fox

Hieroglyphs cover a wall. The writing characters were used by ancient Egyptians. Fox announced Thursday that it is picking up a series called "Hieroglyph."
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Ancient Egypt is getting the 21st century treatment in the form of a new fantasy-driven action-adventure show called “Hieroglyph,” Fox announced Thursday.

The network is picking up the show for a 13-episode series order. “Hieroglyph” takes ancient Egypt to new extremes through the tale of a charismatic thief who is taken out of prison to serve the pharaoh. We’re told to expect sorcery, sexy concubines and plenty of palace intrigue.

The show was created by Travis Beacham who also co-wrote “Pacific Rim” and “Clash of the Titans.” Beacham also serves as an executive producer with Peter Chernin (“New Girl,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Katherine Pope (“New Girl”) and Miguel Sapochnik (“Repo Men,” “Fringe”), who will direct the pilot episode.

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“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.”

Perhaps Fox was spurred to take on another fantastical drama by the success of its new show, “Sleepy Hollow,” which was the first new show of the season to receive a renewal notice.

Production for “Hieroglyph” will begin early next year.


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