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A few months ago, Fox paraded their new mid-season Egyptian drama, Hieroglyph, around during their Upfront presentation to mixed reviews from critics. Since then, the network has changed their mind about the series and seven months before the show was scheduled to premiere, Fox has pulled the plug on the action adventure show that last October they gave a straight to series order.
The network chose to skip the pilot process and go straight to series in order to spread the budget out over multiple episodes, but have revealed that the scripts going forward weren’t as strong at they had originally hoped. The series, written by Travis Beacham, was developed several season ago and had set Anne Fricke to be showrunner in March as part of her overall deal with 20th Century.
Kevin Reilly, the former Fox entertainment chairman had this to say about the project at the time: »
- Lindsay Sperling
The network giveth and the network taketh away. Fox has cancelled their new Ancient Egypt dramatic series Hieroglyph. The project was given a straight-to-series order last October by the then-programming chief Kevin Reilly.
Hieroglyph had been scheduled for mid-season. One episode has been shot and several others have been scripted. The show stars John Rhys-Davies, Reece Ritchie, Kelsey Chow, Condola Rashad, Caroline Ford, and Antony Bunsee. EW reports that the writers were given the news of the cancellation earlier today.
Here's the Fox show's trailer:
What do you think? Were you looking forward to checking out this new show? »
Ouch. It looks like “action-adventure” series Hieroglyph has had its plugged pulled before its even had a chance to switch on with The Hollywood Reporter bringing the news that the show has been cancelled after filming just one episode.
According to the website, problems started to show after the first episode was completed with writers “breaking scripts and stories” which then weren’t meeting the creative level for the rest of the season. 12 more episodes were planned to film later this year with a launch date of early 2015, but it looks like this one is all wrapped up.
When a dangerous scroll, The Book of Thresholds, is stolen from Egypt’s most secure vault, master thief Ambrose (Max Brown, Beauty and the Beast, Mi-5) is plucked from prison to track down the perpetrator. Having spent the past five years in the darkest of pits, »
- Luke Owen
Fox has pulled the plug on new Egyptian-set historical fantasy adventure series, Hieroglyph, before an episode has aired...
What a blow it must be for your show to successfully jump the many obstacles between conception and commission, and then fall at the last hurdle before a single episode has aired. That's the fate of Hieroglyph, the Egyptian-set fantasy adventure series written by Pacific Rim's Travis Beacham.
Following the pilot, twelve remaining episodes of Hieroglyph were due to be filmed later this year. That won't be the case now, as Fox has pulled the plug on the new scripts, which, according the The Hollywood Reporter, "weren't meeting a certain level creatively".
The series would have told the story of a notorious thief in ancient Egypt who comes to serve in the Pharoah's palace, "where fantasy and reality intertwined". Intended cast-members included Reece Ritchie, Max Brown, Condola Rashad, John Rhys-Davies and more. »
Well, that was fast. And the first network to cancel one of its new series is Fox...two months before the fall TV season technically kicks off! The network has decided to pull the plug on Hieroglyph, its ambitious drama set in ancient Egypt that was set to debut at midseason, Entertainment Weekly reports, citing creative issues. (Reps for Fox have yet to respond to requests for comment.) Created by Pacific Rim's Travis Beacham, starring Beauty and the Beast's Max Brown, John Rhys-Davies, Reece Ritchie and Condola Rashad, Hieroglyph was ordered straight to series back in October. Blending fantasy and reality, the series was set to follow a thief, played by Brown, who is »
Hunh. Maybe Fox finally got around to watching “Pacific Rim,” the movie that “Hieroglyph” creator Travis Beacham wrote. How else do you explain why the network has suddenly axed the ancient Egypt-set show before it’s even aired its first (and only shot) episode? Frankly, after seeing “Pacific Rim,” I wouldn’t let Beacham go near an elementary school play. Anyways, if you’ve seen the trailer for the show (conveniently, it’s embedded below) you can tell that it’s one expensive looking production. Networks rarely, rarely put the ax to a show they’ve clearly spent a good amount of money on without giving it at least a season (see “Terra Nova” and more recently, “Almost Human”), and according to EW, actually gave a straight-to-series order earlier this year. I guess they, uh, changed their minds. Created by Beacham, the show starred Max Brown, Reece Ritchie, Condola Rashad and John Rhys-Davies, »
Hieroglyph is history.
Fox has canceled the ancient Egypt-set, action-adventure drama — without having aired a single episode — EW.com reports.
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Despite getting a straight-to-series, 13-episode order, the show wasn’t coming together creatively in the way that executives had hoped, sources tell EW.
Hieroglyph, which was slated to debut in 2015, centered on a notorious thief (Beauty and the Beast’s Max Brown), who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh while navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers.
The cast also included John Rhys-Davies »
Fox has decided to table drama series “Hieroglyph,” which had been given a series order for the 2014-15 season.
The sprawling action-adventure drama set in ancient Egyptian times hailed from scribe Travis Beacham, Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. Anna Fricke, formerly with Syfy’s “Being Human,” had signed on as showrunner and exec producer.
“Hieroglyph” was developed under Fox’s new approach to drama series development under a straight to series order model. But the additional scripts that were coming in after the formal series order were underwhelming and the network decided to pull the plug before it got in much deeper on the costume drama. The first episode was shot in Los Angeles and New Mexico in the spring.
Fox had yet to set a formal premiere date beyond designating it as a midseason entry.
The decision likely reflects some rethinking of Fox’s slate in the »
- Cynthia Littleton
Fox has decided not to make its ambitious Ancient Egypt drama series after all.
The network is shutting down Hieroglyph, the network’s sexy historical-fantasy thriller that was previously given a straight-to-series order for midseason.
The show’s writers were informed earlier Monday, sources say. The show starred Max Brown, Reece Ritchie, Condola Rashad and John Rhys-Davies. Only one episode had been shot, but scripts had been written for several more episodes. We’re told that the series wasn’t creatively coming together the way executives had hoped.
The move follows the departure of Fox’s former programming chief Kevin Reilly, »
- James Hibberd
Has it really been 25 years since we first met Indiana Jones's father?
"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," the third film in the globe-trotting series, opened on May 24, 1989, returning our favorite dashing archaeologist to fighting Nazis and searching for Biblical treasures. It was the second-highest grossing film of 1989 with $197 million in the U.S. alone, surpassing 1984's "Temple," which earned just under $180 million.
While we are all as much scholars of these films as Dr. Jones is of collectible relics, we've unearthed some details you might not have known about the making of the film, including its many James Bond connections and why Steven Spielberg was so reluctant to make a movie about the Holy Grail.
1. Although George Lucas and Spielberg had always intended to make the series a trilogy, Spielberg also wanted "to apologize for the second one" by returning to the spirit of the original, hence the welcome »
- Sharon Knolle
FantasyCon made a very big announcement that actor/writer/producer - Simon Pegg will be at their convention - his first con appearance not as a panelist promoting a movie, but to meet and interact with fans. You may have heard of Pegg from his serious art house movies like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. He's also been in some other movies that you're probably not familiar with like Star Trek and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
How cool is it that Pegg wants to come out to an unconventional convention? I'm very thrilled, not only for Mr. Spaced, but because of the emphasis FantasyCon is putting on the fan experience. FantasyCon wants to bring the celebrities out from behind the tables. I love the organic nature of the idea.
How cool would it be to happen upon Pegg in a crowd of people, he sees »
- Drew Lawrence
This will either be a massive hit for Fox, or a one-season-and-done TV show. It looks pretty darn expensive and on network TV that means you either bring in the ratings or you’re destined for the sand dunes. (See what I did there? Cause the show is set in ancient Egypt, where there are lots of sand and such? Ahem.) It looks interesting, with lots of palace intrigue and sex. Or, well, as much sex as they can get away with for network TV, which probably means lots of fancy editing and conveniently placed bedsheets. Check out the first trailer for “Hieroglyph,” starring a lot of people you’ve probably never heard of, though you might recall John Rhys-Davies from the “Lord of the Rings” movies. He was the short guy with the ax. When a dangerous scroll, The Book of Thresholds, is stolen from Egypt’s most secure vault, »
Ancient Egypt gets a hip, sexy makeover in Fox's 2015 drama series "Hieroglyph," which will freely mix crime, politics, sex and magic, and stars Max Brown, Antony Bunsee, Condola Rashad, Kelsey Chow, Reece Ritchie, Caroline Ford and John Rhys-Davies. Created by executive producer Travis Beacham ("Pacific Rim," "Clash of the Titans"), "Hieroglyph" centers on a career thief (Brown) who is spared prison in order to serve the Pharaoh (Ritchie) who is struggling to retain his power. Upon entering the palace, he is introduced to the world of political corruption, sexual intrigue, underworld crime and the occasional supernatural occurrence (we'd better see some mummy action). Check out photos of the cast below: »
- Dave Lewis
Tom Jones, Sian Phillips & Michael Sheen Join ‘Under Milk Wood’ Cast Tom Jones, Sian Phillips and Michael Sheen have joined the cast of Under Milk Wood, BBC Wales TV’s adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ “play for voices.” Jones stars as the blind and tormented Captain Cat, with Sheen among several actors playing First Voice and Second Voice, including Matthew Rhys and John Rhys Davies. The cast also includes Jonathan Pryce, Ioan Gruffudd and opera star Bryn Terfel. Since its debut on radio 60 years ago, the tale of the residents of the fictional Welsh village of Llareggub has been adapted as a stage play, an opera, and a 1972 starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Marco Frazier Upped To Svp At AMC/Sundance Channel Global AMC/Sundance Channel Global has promoted Marco Frazier to Svp Global Distribution, Emea. Based in Italy, he will oversee the channel’s distribution in the region. Frazier »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The project is an adaptation of Dylan Thomas' "play for voices" with Jones starring as the blind and tormented Captain Cat.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The Disney Dtv sequels have become a bit if an embarrassment to the Disney legacy. There have been a lot of them and for every Toy Story 2 there are a half dozen cash-ins like Aladdin The Return Of Jafar, Beauty And The Beast’S Enchanted Christmas, and Lilo And Stitch – Stitch Has A Glitch. Most seemed rushed with inferior animation, weak tunes, and lame scripts. They may have worked their way into the wallets of the Disney fans, but not their hearts.
Let’s face it – topping Phil Harris and his classic jungle jive in the original 1967 Jungle Book wasn’t going to happen but 2003’s Jungle Book 2 was better than most sequels, had an impressive voice cast, and was wise enough to include the Jb signature tune “The Bear Necessities” not once but three times! The film’s animation was more detailed and vivid than most of Disney »
- Tom Stockman
TV news and notes:
- "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Gossip Girl" alum Michelle Trachtenberg has joined the CBS comedy pilot "Save the Date." She plays the no-nonsense sister of the lead character (Maggie Lawson), who drunkenly declares she's getting married and then races to make it actually happen. Julie White ("Go On") will play the sisters' mom.
- Marvel fans will get their first peek at "Avengers: Age of Ultron" during "Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe," a primetime special on ABC. The special will go behind-the-scenes on Marvel movies, as well as "Agents of Shield." In addition to the sneak peek at "Age of Ulton," there will also be clips from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Guardians of the Galaxy" and future episodes of "Agents of Shield." "Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe" airs Tuesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC.
- CBS' "How I Met Your Mother »
Syfy will air the episodic France/UK co-production, "Métal Hurlant Chronicles" for North American broadcast, adapting the 'sex 'n space', fantasy comic magazine "Heavy Metal":
The TV series is based on the works of illustrators Jean 'Mobius' Giraud and Philippe Druillet, creators of the original French magazine in 1974.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Métal Hurlant Chronicles"...
- Michael Stevens
John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings franchise) has been cast as a regular in Fox‘s 13-episode series Hieroglyph, from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment. Set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined, it follows Ambrose, a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie), navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Rhys-Davies, repped by Jeff Goldberg Management and Louisa Spring Management, will play Vocifer, Ambrose’s one-time mentor who was a dashing thief back in his day. Related: 2014 Fox Pilots Allyn Rachel has been cast in ABC/Warner Bros TV single-camera comedy pilot Selfie, written by Emily Kapnek and directed by Julie Anne Robinson. It centers on Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a self-obsessed, twentysomething who is more concerned with “likes” than being liked. Rachel will play Eliza’s adorable neighbor, who is her opposite: a hipster girl »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Kevin James and Josh Gad have signed on to star in the long-gestating "Pixels" film at Sony Pictures. The feature is based on Patrick Jean's short film in which New York City is transformed into 8-bit pixels.
The story centers on four champion arcade gamers, who are called upon to save the world when aliens attack by using the Earth to stage versions of classic 1980s video games. [Source: THR]
Vince Vaughn plays a criminal with a contract put out on his life, causing him to get a life insurance policy for his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). It takes three weeks for the policy to go into effect, so the pair must keep the father alive for three weeks. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
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