National Geographic Channel has announced the completion of a coproduction deal with London-based prodco Wide-Eyed Entertainment. The 1×90-minute film The Egyptian Job is being described as a ‘factual comedy’ which follows a team of robbers as they risk death by breaking into the vault of Pharaoh Amenemhat III. A team made up of archaeologists, engineers and crime experts will work out how ancient thieves pulled off the heist back in the Middle Kingdom’s Pyramid of Hawara, how they evaded the necropolis police, how they avoided sand traps and eventually got inside the 22-ton block of quartzite that sealed the tomb. ‘We’re enormously excited to be giving the Pharaoh flick a real shake-up and taking it in a direction that will show that serious history can appeal to a much wider audience,’ says David McNab, creative director at Wide-Eyed Entertainment. The Egyptian Job – which was also commissioned for France 5 and cofunded by ITV Studios Global Entertainment – will premiere on National Geographic Channel internationally and in the U.S. in 2011.
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