“Ichabod Crane, time-tossed detective” is the pitch for Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman’s “Sleepy Hollow” pilot for FOX, according to a recent interview with IGN.
Washington Irving wrote ’Rip Van Winkle’ and ’Sleepy Hollow.’ There was something wonderful and delicious that we think is the core of both of those stories — there is a lot that is evoked by the world of Sleepy Hollow. Witchcraft is evoked by Sleepy Hollow and by the stories that existed back then. In digging into the time period and in digging into the mythology, it felt like there was a way to play with all these elements to tell a new Sleepy Hollow.
That’s Kurtzman, speaking to the broad outlines of the series, which sees Revolutionary War soldier Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison, “Lost in Austen”) drop down a time hole (or something) and end up in modern day Sleepy Hollow where he teams up with Detective Abbie Archer (Nicole Beharie, “42”) to solve mysteries. Spooooky mysteries (probably). Beharie and Mison would be joined by John Cho, Orlando Jones, with “Underworld” director Len Wiseman at the helm for the pilot.
If taken to series, “Sleepy Hollow” would join “Grimm” (and to a certain extent, “Supernatural) as monster-mystery-as-police-procedural in the current TV lineup. I’m latching onto Kurtzman’s comment about the witchcraft angle and figure witches (or some modern spin on them) will drive the story as our leads presumably fall in and out of like and love. Just my hypothesis.
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” was published in 1820 by Washington Irving, sees scaredy-cat Connecticut Yankee school teacher Ichabod Crane who is either chased and stolen away by an evil headless horseman, or hardcore pranked by a rival suitor for the daughter of a wealthy local.