SPIKE TV OPTIONS "TUT," A SCRIPTED LIMITED EVENT SERIES
New York, NY, September 19, 2013 - Spike TV has optioned a limited event series script that takes an illuminating, new look at the extraordinary story of Tutankhamun, based on recently discovered historical evidence. Tutankhamun (King Tut, 1333 to 1323 BC) was the youngest Pharaoh to rule Ancient Egypt.
"Tut" was brought to Spike TV by MUSE Entertainment ("The Kennedys," "Pillars of the Earth," "Last Templar") with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas from Muse along with Greg Gugliotta ("The Fosters") as Executive Producers, Michael Vickerman ("Impact") as Writer/ Executive Producer, and Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (Creators and Executive Producers, "The Fosters") as Writers.
If greenlit, "Tut" will be a ground-breaking, six-part, action-packed series combining the drama of power, political backstabbing, war and murder. Based on historical fact from DNA evidence recently unearthed, this dramatic scripted series will capture King Tut's fascinating rise to glory, his efforts to rule a chaotic empire and the enigma surrounding his untimely death.
With a backdrop of ancient Egypt in the opulent palace of the Pharaoh, dripping with gold and untold riches, a young Tut is thrust into power after the murder of his father. The neophyte ruler is forced to marry his sister in order to maintain the dynasty. Although Tut rules as Pharaoh, he is controlled like a puppet by three formidable men who plot against him and vie for the throne themselves.
Against all odds, Tut grows from an insecure and manipulated prince to a hero on the battlefield, leading his kingdom into war and victory. Just as he takes control of his nation and his destiny, he is betrayed.
Sharon Levy is Spike TV's Executive Vice President, Original Series.
MUSE ENTERTAINMENT is a leading film and television production company known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. 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. Muse Entertainment's 8-hr. historical drama The Kennedys earned 10 Emmy Award nominations, winning four, as well winning the DGA award for best director. Its Pillars of the Earth also won an Emmy and many other awards. Muse's other award-winning event programming include Ben Hur, The Last Templar, and Human Trafficking. Muse's most recent television series are Being Human (Syfy), Bomb Girls (Reelz) and the animated series Bounty Hunters (CMT). Muse Entertainment President is Executive Producer MICHAEL PRUPAS. Muse U.S.A. President is Executive Producer JOEL S. RICE.
Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV's Internet address is www.spike.com.