In 1820, Washington Irving's short story, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" captured the imagination of readers with the tale of Ichabod Crane and the mysterious Headless Horseman who relentlessly pursued him through the night. And the story may soon be heading back to TV with a modern day twist.
Deadline is reporting that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are executive producing and co-writing a new "Sleepy Hollow" television project that reimagines the tale as a present day supernatural thriller in which Ichabod Crane teams up with the female sheriff of Sleepy Hollow to solve the horrifying mysteries of a town decimated by the centuries-long battle between good and evil.
Due to the enduring popularity of Irving's original story, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" has been adapted numerous times for film and television, most notably with the Disney animated version in 1949 and the Tim Burton directed Sleepy Hollow (pictured above); which was released in 1999.
The concept for the new "Sleepy Hollow" TV project was created by Phillip Iscove, who will co-write the pilot script with Orci and Kurtzman. Underworld and Total Recall director Len Wiseman has signed on to helm the pilot episode. Wiseman previously worked with Orci and Kurtzman when he directed the pilot episode of the "Hawaii Five-0" revival on CBS.
Kurtzman and Orci began their careers together on "Xena: Warrior Princess" before eventually finding massive success with films like Star Trek, Transformers, The Legend of Zorro and Mission Impossible III. The duo co-created "Fringe" with J.J. Abrams in addition to the previously mentioned "Hawaii Five-0."
The new "Sleepy Hollow" TV series is expected to be pitched soon to Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC.