Shocker: Fox cancels Hieroglyph before Premiere

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As one show resurrects another finds itself stillborn. In an unexpected turn of events, Fox, who had made a big deal earlier this year of bypassing the traditional “pilot season” for its shows, has cancelled its ambitious Ancient Egyptian drama Hieroglyph before it ever made it to the air.

Only the pilot was shot, but Fox executives reportedly didn’t like where the scripts for further episodes where going…which is ironic as they had initially given the show a 13 episode straight commitment.

Cancelling a greenlit show before it premieres is an extremely rare move from broadcasters, expecially for such ambitious shows as this. Fox had actually pulled the same move last year with Us & Them, starring Jason Ritter (Freddy vs. Jason) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), as had NBC with its Dane Cook vehicle Next Caller, but those were both comparatively “small” comedy shows.

Find out more about the show that will never be and watch its trailer after the jump. Continue reading

New sword and sandal flick gets its star

Will Smith has been cast in the role of Nubian pharaoh Taharqa in The Last Pharaoh, the forthcoming peplum from little-known British director Christopher Miles (The Clandestine Marriage). Written by Randall Wallace (We Were Soldiers), the film will reportedly center on Egypt’s conflict with Assyria from 677 B.C. onwards.

Unlike a lot of people I’ve been very impressed with quite a few of the recent ancient/medieval epics, so  I think this could turn out to be a pretty good film and Ancient Egypt hasn’t been depicted in a serious film for a very long time. Still, one must wonder how Christopher Miles became involved with such a grand scale film.

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