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While Hollywood continues to mine the more popular young adult series for feature adaptations, TV seems keen on digging into the archives to toy with the classics. NBC has Dracula paired with Grimm on Friday nights this fall, and over at Fox, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, along with Phillip Iscove and Len Wiseman, have resurrected Ichabod Crane and the infamous Headless Horseman from Washington Irving's classic tale. As you may have surmised from the above trailer, this is a modern-day take on the story, with the lead character brought 250 years into the future where the Horseman is riding again… and there's a Starbucks on every corner.
Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Bound to the Headless Horseman by a blood spell cast on the battlefield of the American Revolution, Ichabod quickly realizes that stopping Headless is just the beginning, as the resurrected rider is but the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. As this re-invented Ichabod finds himself in present-day Sleepy Hollow, he discovers a town and a world he no longer recognizes. All that is brutally familiar are Headless and Ichabod’s determination to annihilate this immortal being. It’s a mission he must complete quickly, as Headless already has viciously slain Sheriff AUGUST CORBIN (guest star Clancy Brown, “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Carnivale”).
Grey served both as mentor and father figure to Detective ABBIE MILLS (Nicole Beharie, “Shame,” “American Violet”), a young cop whose own supernatural experiences help her form an unlikely bond with Ichabod. But Sleepy Hollow’s head of police, Captain FRANK IRVING (Orlando Jones, “The Chicago 8,” “Drumline”), isn’t buying any of this. In fact, the only person who is on Abbie’s side is Ichabod. His extensive first-hand knowledge of our secret American history, coupled with her superior profiling and modern threat assessment skills, will make them a formidable duo as they work together to triumph over evil. The complex pasts of Ichabod and Abbie, from Ichabod’s inclusion in the powerful and secretive Freemasons Society and the ghostly appearance of his late wife, KATRINA (Katia Winter, “Dexter”), to Abbie’s childhood visions, will help them solve the intricate puzzles of Sleepy Hollow in order to protect its future. As history repeats itself, the oddly-linked pair will draw on the real stories and hallowed secrets this nation was founded on in their quest to stop an increasingly vicious cycle of evil.
The series stars Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones and Katia Winter.
This modern-day retelling of a classic may be one of the more ambitious drama endeavors headed for network television next season, but with Orci and Kurtzman behind it, the show is in good hands. Beyond the intriguing plot and the promise of mysteries set to unfold and a very promising cast, there's also a glimpse of humor here, which may work well to offset the otherwise dark nature of the plot and origin story.
Along with Almost Human, Fox has Sleepy Hollow ready to ride on Monday nights this fall.