If you checked out any NFL football on Fox Sunday, you know that the network is retelling Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” as a fall show. Fringe co-creators Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are bringing Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman into modern times.
Gone is the cowardly, awkward looking Crane depiction we’ve grown accustomed to. Tom Mison stars as the prettiest Ichabod since Johnny Depp’s adorkable detective in Tim Burton’s film adaptation. In this version he’s a soldier under George Washington who is responsible for cutting off the Horseman’s head in the first place. During that fight, their blood gets mixed together forming a magical bond. Thus when the Horseman reawakens, Crane does as well. He finds himself in modern times and is immediately branded a madman. But he has a knack for finding the murderous Horseman, and ends up working with police detective Abbie Mills. (Nicole Beharie) They’re led by Captain Frank Irving, played by Orlando Jones in a decidedly non-comedic role.
During the Television Critics Association press tour, Orci and Kurtzman said they wanted this story in modern times because that’s the only thing that hasn’t been done with it yet. They downplayed any potential similarities between Sleepy Hollow and shows such as Once Upon A Time. While this latest Orci-Kurtzman collaboration may be different, the success of Once probably increased Fox’s interest in this project.
Sleepy Hollow premieres Sept. 16 at 9 pm Eastern on Fox.
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