Spike TV announced this afternoon that the network has optioned a limited event series script that “takes an illuminating, new look” at the story of Tutankhamun (aka King Tut, 1333 to 1323 BC), the youngest Pharaoh to rule Ancient Egypt.
The series will be based on “recently discovered historical evidence,” says the press release – specifically DNA.
To be titled Tut, the series was brought to Spike TV by MUSE Entertainment with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas from Muse, along with Greg Gugliotta as Executive Producers, Michael Vickerman as Writer/ Executive Producer, and Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige as Writers.
If eventually greenlit, Tut will be what the network calls “a ground-breaking, six-part, action-packed series combining the drama of power, political backstabbing, war and murder,” capturing King Tut’s fascinating rise to glory, his efforts to rule a chaotic empire and the enigma surrounding his untimely death.
With a backdrop of ancient Egypt in the opulent palace of the Pharaoh, dripping with gold and untold riches, a young Tut is thrust into power after the murder of his father. The neophyte ruler is forced to marry his sister in order to maintain the dynasty. Although Tut rules as Pharaoh, he is controlled like a puppet by three formidable men who plot against him and vie for the throne themselves. Against all odds, Tut grows from an insecure and manipulated prince to a hero on the battlefield, leading his kingdom into war and victory. Just as he takes control of his nation and his destiny, he is betrayed.
I imagine it’ll probably be something similar to the Spartacus series on the Starz network – minus the full frontal nudity and gore.