Fox Orders Ancient Egypt Adventure Drama

logo-fox-300Fox is traveling far back in time — though not to Terra Nova-esque extremes — to put on its newest show.

The network has given a 13-episode series order to the ancient Egypt-set action-adventure drama Hieroglyph.

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The project — penned by Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Clash of the Titans) — blends fantasy and reality when a notorious thief is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah. In his new role, he must navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and 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,” Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly said in a statement. “Travis Beacham has an inventive mind, and he has wrapped this all together in this intoxicating new drama.”

Beacham will executive-produce alongside Peter Chernin (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Katherine Pope (New Girl) and Miguel Sapochnik (Fringe), who will also direct the pilot.

Other recent projects getting straight-to-series orders from Fox: The DC Comics Commissioner Gordon origins story Gotham and a multi-cam comedy set in a women’s college, from producer Tina Fey.