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Fox has given a series order to a hugely ambitious fantasy project set in ancient Egypt.

Titled Hieroglyph, the action-drama series “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.”

“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 chairman of entertainment Kevin Reilly.

Fox has ordered 13 episode of the drama, which is produced by Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope, along with Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Clash of the Titans), who wrote the pilot script. “Travis Beacham has an inventive mind, and he has wrapped this all together in this intoxicating new drama,” Reilly said.

With the potentially expensive exotic backdrop and emphasis on sexy story elements, Hieroglyph sounds like the type of project that you would more likely see on a pay cable network more than a broadcast network. But broadcasters have grown weary seeing cable get all the buzzy dramas (and sometimes surprisingly large chunks of ratings, with shows like AMC’s The Walking Dead).

What do you think? We’re excited for this, though that title Hieroglyph is a bit of a mouthful. Game of Pyramids?