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article imageHieroglyph cancelled by Fox before premiere airs (VIDEO)

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 3, 2014 in Entertainment
Fox has cancelled their new “straight to series” 13-part epic Egyptian drama series before the first episode has even aired, it has been revealed.
Hieroglyph was envisioned by Fox entertainment chairman, Kevin Reilly as the company’s version of Showtime’s epic drama series, Game of Thrones.
The ensemble cast for the series was led by Max Brown (Spooks) and Reece Ritchie (who played Ray Singh in the 2009 movie The Lovely Bones), and also included Kelsey Chow, Antony Bunsee, Caroline Ford and Condola Rashad. Meanwhile, as previously reported by Digital Spy, John Rhys-Davies — known for playing Gimli in The Lord of the Rings films — was to have played “a former mentor of Ambrose” in the show.
Its first episode is already in the can and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, writers had begun work on “breaking scripts and stories” for the rest of the season, which “was expected to start later this year.”
Hieroglyph was Reilly’s passion project, but he is due to leave the company at the end of June after seven years in the role. However, “The timing of [the show’s] fate is particularly surprising,” the Hollywood Reporter contends in its piece, “as Reilly’s replacement has yet to be named.”
Taking place in Ancient Egypt and epic in its scope, Hieroglyph was to tell the story of Ambrose, a notorious thief (Brown), who is plucked from prison by the Pharaoh (Ritchie), to serve him as he sees fit. Forced to navigate “palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and divine sorcerers,” he would find himself in a race against time to stop the downfall of this great civilisation.
Last year, as part of Reilly’s move to bypass the traditional US television “pilot season,” Fox ordered a 13-episode first season of the drama, with Anna Fricke as showrunner and Travis Beacham as lead writer. Previously, Fricke was an executive producer on the US version of Being Human, the supernatural drama series based on Toby Whithouse’s British show of the same name.
Hieroglyph isn’t the first series to have been cancelled by Fox before it even premieres, with Us & Them — the American remake of Gavin & Stacey, the hit British comedy series created by Ruth Jones (Stella) and James Corden (The Wrong Mans) — and the original animated Murder Police both having already suffered similar fates.
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