After inking a new two-year deal with Universal TV, David Schulner is working on a historical, fantastical drama series for HBO with Ridley Scott on board as director.
The drama is set to explore an alternate explanation for the foundation and rise of the ancient Egyptian empire. That explanation: aliens.
In this version of history, greatness was bestowed upon the Nile from beings from another world, calling into question what exactly it means to be a “god.” Scott will executive produce the series alongside co-creators Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi.
This looks to be somewhat familiar territory for the accomplished director. Scott has directed the Christian Bale and Aaron Paul historical drama ‘Exodus,’ which is slated for a December 2014 release. What’s more, Scott explored the origins of the universe in his prequel-ish 2012 sci-fi feature, ‘Prometheus.’
The series also evokes the film ‘Stargate,’ though not directed by Scott, in which Kurt Russell and James Spader teleport to an Egyptian-like parallel world. Meanwhile, FOX has their own Egyptian drama coming, ordering 13 episodes of ‘Hieroglyph,' a sexy action-drama that follows a former thief who now serves the pharaoh.
The hope for Schulner naturally is that this endeavor will last longer than his recent offering, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde NBC drama ‘Do No Harm,’ which lasted only two episodes. He is also teaming with Robert Kirkman of ‘The Walking Dead’ to bring his comic ‘Clone’ to television.