‘Fringe’ Creators Bringing Modern ‘Sleepy Hollow’ to TV

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 19th, 2013 at 12:39 pm,

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Two of the busiest writers in Hollywood at the moment, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, are attached to yet another project attracting immediate studio attention. Just days after announcing their proposed Sleepy Hollow television series would be paying a visit to the various broadcast networks in search of a suitor, it looks like FOX has jumped at the chance to bring another program from the creators of Fringe to its schedule.

Orci and Kurtzman’s vision for the series sees the familiar Ichabod Crane living in a modern-day Sleepy Hollow, where he teams up with a female sheriff to not only solve the strange and supernatural happenings taking place in town, but also to unravel each mystery’s connection to the larger battle between good and evil.

Orci and Kurtzman are re-working the pilot’s script from first-time writer Philip Iscove, while Underworld and Total Recall director, Len Wiseman, has reportedly been tapped to helm the pilot.

According to recent reports, FOX jumped at the idea by giving Sleepy Hollow a put pilot commitment – in other words, an agreement that would see the network pay out substantial fees should the pilot fail to see the light of day. Put pilots are typically a good indicator that an order to series is imminent.

So what has FOX so eager to get Orci and Kurtzman’s Sleepy Hollow vision (revision?) up and running? For starters, the project happens to be one of two similarly detailed Sleepy Hollow series in the works – the other being shopped around at The CW by Patrick Macmanus and Grant Scharbo, creators of ABC’s Ashley Judd vehicle, Missing. In their slightly more Twin Peaks-inspired version, Crane is an FBI agent who arrives in Sleepy Hollow to investigate a brutal beheading and uncovering all sorts of creepiness in the process. With that project on the table, FOX was likely keen to avoid taking part in a situation similar to the one between ABC and The CW over the dueling Beauty and the Beast projects from last year’s pilot season.

In addition to good, old-fashioned network competition, it probably didn’t hurt that FOX was taking on a project from well-known writers with a television track record that includes Fringe and Hawaii Five-0, as well as J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot and the upcoming sequel to this summer’s wall-crawling extravaganza, The Amazing Spider-Man.

While Sleepy Hollow would tap into the same modern-day-meets-fantasy storyline as Grimm or Once Upon a Time, it would also help fill the woefully underrepresented police procedural niche on broadcast television. (So if you were looking for another reason to champion this series, there it is.)

Forgoing the period setting of the original story and the 1999 Johnny Depp film might be a bit of a gamble – and will certainly cut down on the show’s ability to develop a signature style – but considering the period procedurals Poe and Among the Spirits failed to go anywhere, perhaps the days of networks searching for such distinctive flare is just a thing of the past.

Screen Rant will keep you updated on the progress of Sleepy Hollow as news is made available.

Source: Deadline

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  1. So, it’s Eureka with a new character, eh?

    • Sounds more like “Supernatural” mixed with “Eureka” (or maybe X-Files?)

      I don’t know, I think between Grimm, Supernatural, Lost Girl and whatever other similar shows out there, this just seems too similar. I honestly don’t know how they are going to differentiate themselves enough to make the show feel unique while using the same themes all the other shows are using.

    • Bad comparison. Eureka? Yea, there is a lot of death and struggles between good and evil in that show. As the writer indicates, this sounds more akin to Grimm or Once Upon a Time. I’d also throw Supernatural into the mix, but Eureka?!

      • Well, Eureka was the first thing that came to mind, but I didn’t elaborate any further than that. It’s pretty clear that this show will be focused on the paranormal and fantasy aspects, where-as Eureka always focused on the sci-fi aspects. But really, Supernatural + Eureka sounds about right to me.

  2. My favorite writers cant wait to see their New Project

  3. Too bad FOX wasn’t as excited to continue with Fringe beyond this (half of a) season.

    • What I was thinking. How dumb for a network to dump one duo’s show and then say hey we’re interested in your new idea after we considered canceling your current show. Tv execs are clueless. Orci and Kurtzman should be insulted. I know I would be. I’d take my idea elsewhere. But then again Fox is letting them finish out Fringe on tv. So maybe they cutting Fox a little slack for the oppurnity to wrap Fringe up.

      • Now if only it could star Anna Torv and Joshua Jackson….