Ancient Egypt heads to Fox in upcoming fantasy series Hieroglyph

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Oct 18, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT (Updated)

Fox is going through the stargate heading back in time with a new fantasy series set in ancient Egypt.

Following the surprising—and awesome—success of its hit series Sleepy Hollow, which was recently renewed for a second, 13-episode season (and ahead of the release of the upcoming and more sci-fi-ish series Almost Human), Fox has directly ordered to series Hieroglyph, a 13-part action/drama/fantasy series set to take place in the land of the pharaohs.

Penned by Travis Beacham, who worked on Clash of the Titans and Pacific Rim, Hieroglyph will blend fantasy with reality (a bit like Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons, for example) by telling the tale of  a disreputable thief taken from prison to serve the mighty Pharaoh of Egypt.

In his new position, the thief must face court intrigues, seductive concubines, the criminal underworld and divine sorcerers, to boot.

Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly said in a statement:

“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. Travis Beacham has an inventive mind, and he has wrapped this all together in this intoxicating new drama.”

Beacham will also executive-produce alongside Peter Chenin (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Katherine Pope (New Girl), and Miguel Sapochnik (Fringe), who will also be pulling double duty since he’ll direct the pilot, as well.

The premise sounds intriguing—and frankly, there are no ancient Egypt shows out there (though perhaps the BBC's Atlantis comes close in genre, but that’s more ancient Greek stuff and myths), so that’s a bit refreshing. What's more, Fox seems to have discovered a very interesting niche here: fantasy and sci-fi shows that boast shorter (and, let's face it, tighter) seasons made up of 13 episodes.

So, are you guys interested about the premise of Hieroglyph?

(via TV Line)