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Another Ancient Pilot Rises From the Dead as Hieroglyph Gets a Season Pickup at Fox

18 October 2013 7:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

We told you earlier this week about once-dead zombie pilot Babylon Fields getting a new start with a pilot pickup by NBC. Now we have news of a more recently dead pilot doing even better, as Fox has announced that it has not only picked up the 2011 pilot Hieroglyph, but it is giving it a 13-episode order, skipping that whole pesky pilot (re)development stage.

And here’s the even better news: it promises to be one of Our Kind of Shows. A series set in ancient Egypt isn’t one we’d automatically cover here at, but Fox, bless ‘em, uses phrases like “world of magic, gods and goddesses” and “where fantasy and reality intertwined” and “divine sorcerors” and “fantastical goings-on” to describe the show.

The pilot script was written by executive producer Travis Beacham, who co-wrote Pacific Rim and Clash of the Titans, and the pilot »

- Erin Willard

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Fox Gives Straight-to-Series Order to Ancient Egypt Drama Hieroglyph from Pacific Rim Scribe Travis Beacham

17 October 2013 3:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Fresh off the success of this year’s genre series Sleepy Hollow, Fox is ordering another new high-concept show straight to series.  The network announced today that it has commissioned 13 episodes of the fantastical action-adventure drama Hieroglyph, which takes place in ancient Egypt.  Written by Pacific Rim scribe Travis Beacham, the story “follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies, and even a few divine sorcerers.”  It sounds like a gleefully fantastical show, so it’s no wonder it comes from the mind of the writer who dreamt up Pacific Rim’s world of kaijus and jaegers. Beacham wrote the pilot script and will executive produce the series alongside Peter Chernin (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Katherine Pope (New Girl), with Repo Men director Miguel Sapochnik set to helm the pilot and also act as an executive producer. »

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