Ahead of the 100th anniversary of unearthing King Tut’s tomb, Santa Monica-based Storied Media Group is heading to Egypt’s Valley of the Kings for the upcoming docuseries tentatively titled Beyond Tut: Secrets Of The Valley Of The Kings.
The non-fiction broker/producer secured the production and sponsorship rights to a large archaeological excavation in the valley – to begin in September – which will be led by world-renowned Egyptologist and archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass. Storied Media Group was chosen by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities for the event.
According to Hawass, the bulk of the excavation will be near the tomb of the Golden King Tutankhamun, and an area near the tomb of King Merenptah. Tutankhamun was a minor king, a mere teenager with a relatively short reign, but his is one of the most spectacular burials found in modern times.
The archaeologist also noted there are several royal tombs that have not been found yet, such as the tomb of Kings Amenhotep I, Thutmose II, and Ramses IV. Therefore, the team will search for the missing royal tombs while also surveying and excavating in multiple locations within the Valley of the Kings.
Storied Media Group is currently shopping the project to multiple networks and also plans on hosting a global live event when a tomb is opened, should one be found.
William Morris Endeavor’s (WME) Lance Klein is repping rights to both a documentary and a global live event. WME’s Chris Hannan, meanwhile, is handling global sponsorship.
Discovery and Science Channel announced earlier this year they were prepping their own Valley of the Kings documentary, which plans to go inside an Egyptian excavation in search of several royal tombs that lie hidden.