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Fox Breaking Thief Out of Prison, Taking Him to Ancient Egypt

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Like a college girl getting an ankh tattoo, Fox is letting their loose understanding of Ancient Egypt inspire something likely only they will ever refer to as intriguing and sexy.

The network has reportedly offered a straight-to-series order for Hieroglyph, a proposed show "set in an ancient Egypt where fantasy and reality intertwine." Pacific Rim and Clash of the Titans writer Travis Beacham wrote the pilot, which sees a thief pulled out of prison to now serve the pharaoh--like when we pull a guy out of jail to help a cop on a case because he just might be the only hope we've got.

"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 Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment for Fox.

In other words: Ancient Egypt -- it's where you go when you wish you'd made a nudity-free Game of Thrones.

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