Ancient Egypt is coming to NBC. The network has ordered Cleopatra, a period drama about the Egyptian queen produced by Di Bonaventura Pictures TV and ABC Studios, Deadline reports.
Michael Seitzman will write the project and will executive produce with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott.
Cleopatra VII Philopator, or just Cleopatra to her friends, was the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.
The ambitious project is described as an epic romance set in a world of sorcery, gods and monsters that centers on Cleopatra, Mark Antony and Julius Caesar.
Kick-starting the central storyline is the young queen’s “sacred pact” with a goddess to win back her throne, igniting a curse and an infamous love triangle that changes the course of history, forever ending the 4,000 year dominion of the Pharaoh.
NBC has given Cleopatra a “put pilot” commitment, which means the project will at least get to air a pilot or the network will have to pay a hefty penalty.