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For his next act, Pacific Rim writer Travis Beacham will head all the way back to ancient Egypt.
Fox has given a 13-episode order to Hieroglyph, produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainment. Beacham will write and executive produce the series, having written the pilot script. Miguel Sapochnik of Fringe fame will also executive produce, as well as direct the pilot episode. Production begins early next year.
According to a press release, Hieroglyph centers on “a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers.”
“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 Fox’s Kevin Reilly. “Travis Beacham has an inventive mind, and he has wrapped this all together in this intoxicating new drama.”