Modern-Day Sleepy Hollow Series Coming From Len Wiseman And Transformers Writers

By Leslie Kasperowicz 2012-07-20 13:19:29 discussion comments
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Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman may be making their way to television in the near future. A TV series version of the classic ghost story is being pitched to the big networks as a modern-day reimagining featuring a female sheriff who teams up with Mr. Crane to uncover the small town’s supernatural secrets.

Deadline says the project has Underworld’s Len Wiseman on board as director, and comes from the Transformers movie team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The three have worked together in the past on the Hawaii Five-0 pilot.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a 1909 short story by Washington Irving, has been an animated movie and a big-budget live-action feature starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, in addition to many other adaptations. This new version seems to be a different look at the legendary town, set in the modern day and pitting the due of Crane and the local sheriff against the ongoing battle of good versus evil that plagues Sleepy Hollow. It sounds like it would go far beyond just the Headless Horseman tossing pumpkins around.

Certainly supernatural thrillers have been doing well for themselves, but the question has to be asked: is there room for yet another addition to the genre? Sleepy Hollow is one of the legendary tales most of us grew up with, which makes it a familiar story with well-known characters that could draw interest. On the other hand, it’s been done many times, and quite well. Taking classic characters into a modern world has also been a common thread lately; two series have given Sherlock Holmes the treatment in the past couple of years. Can Ichabod Crane make a similar transition on the small screen? The project is only in the pitch stage, so we’ll have to wait and see.
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