Saturday, July 17, 2010

"PHARAOH" NEW EPIC TV SERIES SET IN ANCIENT EGYPT

After they've created the amazing "Rome" TV show, HBO and BBC will collaborate again to produce new historical series "Pharaoh" with the help of famous John Milius ("Conan"). This 12-part series will be set in the ancient Egypt during the New Kingdom that began in 1479 B.C. with the reign of Queen Hatshepsut, a rare female pharaoh, who ruled as regent until her nephew, Thutmosis III, took the throne. The mighty warrior pharaoh created the largest empire ancient Egypt had ever seen, an international super-power sprawling from southern Syria to northern Sudan.
Beside depicting the fascinating life of the pharaohs, "Pharaoh" will also mix characters at all levels of life, historical and fictional figures, common people with which audiences can identify: one will be a tomb-robber, others a priest, soldiers and merchants ... John Milius said that "Pharaoh" will stand apart in some ways from "Rome": differently from ancient Rome, Egypt was focused on mysticism, the relationship to death, mummification, life after death. Since the producers want to make series of international reach the whole project will be financed by European, Middle East and American partners.

27 comments:

  1. Oh, no, Alex, it will be a live action series like ROME, this picture is just an illustration I've put to make the post prettier :) since the production of the series hasn't yet started and there are no images from PHARAOH :)

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  2. So the girls aren't going to walk around in bikini's in Pharaoh... :( You draw that picture yourself?

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  3. Ah, Answer, I'm pretty much sure they will all walk more or less naked in PHARAOH. If you remember, ROME was full of full frontal female and male nudity :)

    No, these ain't my pics, you can see some of my fashion design at Face and Space:

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/album.php?aid=6802&id=1054459483

    http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewPicture&friendID=269785628&albumId=962387

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  4. What a great idea! I'm forwarding this post to one of my writer buddies. She's doing a novel with a little bit of Hatshepsut in it.

    And thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope the bikini-clad turkey didn't ruin your day! My apologies to you and other vegetarians out there!

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  5. Dezzy, what dodgy pictures ;p
    And yay! I love these style of shows

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  6. Well, I like the pic you have here and the costumes in the show are similar. It's an interesting era and sounds like a good show concept.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  7. You should put a picture of Anne Baxter in the see-through blouse in The Ten Commandments - YUM.

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  8. @Julie
    glad you like it, Juls, And the bikini-clad turkey was quite a horror :)))

    @Nicole
    y'a not likey me pics??? :))

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  9. @Arlee
    yes, I expect for costumes to be stunning, sexy and revealing, after all it is a sunny and hot Egypt :)

    @Andrew
    I must admit I've never heard of Anne Baxter, so I had to Google her :) But I did watch that movie as a kid a few times. Yul and Charlton were quite popular in my country among the generation of my late grandparents.

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  10. Okay, so do our kids really think women in Egypt then (or now for that matter) walk around with belly buttons exposed and wearing bikini bottoms (virtual G strings)? I would hope these images are not really what they are going to have on the screen.

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  11. Actually, Eric, as far as I know, Egyptians were pretty much naked and scantily clad back in the ancient days, which is not the case today due to Islam. Being naked and walking around naked wasn't a thing to be ashamed of back in the past, and I kinda feel sorry it's not like that today as well, since human bodies are beautiful and being ashamed of them or hiding them isn't really a psychologically healthy thing to do. A social and religious oppression like this one often leads to results contrary to those which are wanted and expected. It was proven many times that kids which are taught to love and respect their bodies have a much healthier view of sex later on in their lives, and it was also proved that teaching kids sexual education from a very early age leads to lower number of people with sexual diseases, teen pregnancies, abortions... (Israel is a perfect example for this).

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  12. Sounds interesting.

    By the way, at some point in history I believe ALL cultures wore only the bare essentials. Lol, too bad we cannot wear deer hide or grass skirts this age as it would save me a lot of money during Back to School shopping.

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  13. yep, Avalon, I agree, but if it is any consolation, I'm convinced that we will all wear just some silver catsuits and nothing else in a 100 years or so :))))

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  14. This is very interesting news. I'm looking forward to this series. :)

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  15. Did you watch ROME,Bels, I can't remember whether you did or not?

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  16. Whilst I'm sure that in Pharaoh, the women may well have dressed in a such bikini's or the like. After all their one job was to please Pharaoh.
    However any ancient Egyptian who spent much time outside had to cover up. The Egyptian sun, then and now, otherwise will give you one heck of sunburn.

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  17. Oh my what happened to my "proof reader", gone to Eypptian no doubt.
    Anyway the above should read "in Pharaoh's harem"...

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  18. oh, yes, otherwise they would've had terrible sunburns all over their ancient bodies ;)

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  19. I hope this isn't a sex crazed series but one that is true to the archaeology and history of Ancient AEgypt

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  20. Not a single item or detail on the pic comes close to what ancient Egyptians wore ... that's all pure computer game imagery. Still, what do you expect from the Zahi Hawass generation.

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    1. of course it doesn't, the pic is from some video game or something, I used it because it is attractive and there aren't really any nice Egyptian pics around Google.

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    2. Aren't any nice pictures? There are thousands of nice pictures of ancient Egyptians all over the net - unlike the nasty skanky outfits and blow-up doll faces used here.

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    3. OK, give me some links, and I will gladly change the pic if you offer me some nice ones ;)

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    4. Do you want actual ancient Egyptian art or people in reproduction Egyptian costume?

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    5. the second one, some modern art on ancient Egyptian people.

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  21. Any depiction of Hatshepsut should have her wearing the false beard of the Pharoahs. But they will probably have her carrying on a torrid affair with her right hand man, Senmet (or however his name is spelled). Loved "Rome"--this should be interesting.

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