NBC Scores Cleopatra Drama Pilot

If you're looking for some more historical drama (Spartacus not enough for you?), NBC is here to help. It was announced Friday night that the network had nabbed a new drama pilot 'Cleopatra,' about the eponymous Egyptian queen. NBC acquired the pilot after a bidding war with another network over the script, penned by Michael Seitzman, who wrote last season's failed Emilie de Ravin-starring pilot Americana. Seitzman will also serve as executive producer along with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott.

Deadline, who broke the story, describes the series as "an epic romance set in a world of sorcery, gods and monsters that centers on Mark Anthony and Julius Caesar. The young queen makes a sacred pact with a goddess to win back her throne, igniting a curse and an infamous love riangle that changes the course of history, forever ending the 4,000 year dominion of the Pharaoh."

Sounds a little like Clash of the Titans meets 'Rome,' doesn't it?

Cleopatra has been most memorably portrayed on the screen by the late Elizabeth Taylor (pictured) in the 1963 film Cleopatra, although David Fincher is reportedly in talks to direct a new film about the pharaoh starring Angelina Jolie as the Egyptian ruler.

Personally, my favorite recent piece of pop culture featuring Cleopatra was singer Frank Ocean's song "Pyramids," from his album Channel Orange, an epic song that juxtaposed Cleopatra with a modern prostitute, examining some interesting racial and cultural similarities between the two characters. If this series was a little more of that and a little less about gods and curses, I'd be much more excited than I am (though I do love Egyptian mythology).

Cleopatra is being developed by NBC for the 2013-2014 fall season. Who would you like to play the famous goddess? What about Caesar and Mark Antony?

- Michael Seitzman

Written by: mcpherson
Aug 10th, 2012, 7:35 pm

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