The production, which will get underway later this year, is the result of the US channel Spike TV “greenlighting” the Canadian production. Since its founding in 1998, Muse has produced, co-produced or provided production services on more than 170 TV movies and mini-series, television series and feature films and has won over 100 awards and garnered over 300 award nominations. Their 8-hr. historical drama The Kennedys earned 10 Emmy Award nominations, winning four, as well winning the DGA award for best director.
Tut promises to be an astounding saga of one of history’s most extraordinary rulers. The six part series will reveal for the first time on television, the story of the Egyptian Pharaoh, one of the most renowned leaders in human history from his rise to power, his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, all while his closest advisors, friends and lovers schemed and plotted for their own nefarious interests.
Tut will open a fascinating window into a world filled with heart-breaking romance, epic battles, political backstabbing, conspiracy, jealousy, and even murder — proving his world was not far removed from our own — and that his reign as the youngest Egyptian king played out as a real-life drama for the ages.
This will be Spike TV’s first scripted event series in eight years and is another step in the network’s move to reaching a more gender-balanced audience. “We are thrilled to join forces with MUSE Entertainment and this incredible writing team to bring the amazing real story of one of history’s legendary leaders to life,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. “Tut is the perfect addition to our slate of distinctive originals that appeal to a broad audience.”
The mini-series will be shot on location in Morocco and Canada this fall and will debut on the network in 2015. World distribution will be handled by Muse Distribution International and the series will be produced for Spike TV by MUSE Entertainment with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas executive producing from Muse.
Other names attched to the project include Executive producers Greg Gugliotta (“The Fosters”), Michael Vickerman (“Impact”), Elice Island Entertainment’s Jeremy Elice, and Angela Mancuso (“Spartacus,” “Helen of Troy”). The mini-series is written by Michael Vickerman along with Peter Paige & Bradley Bredeweg (“The Fosters”). Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV will also serve as an Executive Producer. Irene Litinsky (“Being Human”) serves as a producer.