Fox Cancels Ancient Egyptian Drama ‘Hieroglyph’

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Fox has cancelled their ambitious mid-season drama series Hieroglyph.

Hieroglyph is set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwine. The 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.

The project, which had been in development for quite some time, was created by Travis Beacham and was given a 13 episode straight-to-series order in October 2013. Fox’s sister studio 20th Century Fox Television was producing with a cast that included Max Brown, Caroline Ford, Reece Ritchie, Condola Rashad, Kelsey Chow, Antony Bunsee and John Rhys-Davies.

The cancellation comes shortly after Fox, who just last week wrapped their upfront sales, presented the drama to ad buyers and the media, stating that the project was due to launch in early 2015. Only one episode of Hieroglyph has filmed and the decision to pull the plug was based on the quality of the scripts that were coming in, which Fox felt were not meeting their creative expectations.

For fox this marks the second time in as many years that the network has pulled the plug on a mid-season series in the midst of production and before a single episode has aired. The network did the same thing with last year’s Gavin & Stacey adaptation Us & Them, which was cancelled around production on episode seven. Like Us & Them, the completed episode of Hieroglyph is not expected to see the light of day.