‘Sleepy Hollow’ Trailer Updates the Headless Horseman for the 21st Century

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As it turns out, the story of the Headless Horseman told by Washington Irving was all wrong.

In the true tale of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane was an elite soldier tasked by General Washington to kill a fearsome masked killer among the British ranks. After completing his task, Crane died – only to be resurrected over two centuries later in modern-day New England. Now he must take on his similarly resurrected nemesis in a battle that will decide the fate of humanity.

Sleepy Hollow stars Nicole Beharie (Shame), Tom Mison (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), and John Cho (Star Trek Into Darkness). Sleepy Hollow is written in part by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers), and will be overseen by Len Wiseman (Total Recall).

Sleepy Hollow Trailer Sleepy Hollow Trailer Updates the Headless Horseman for the 21st Century

This first preview of Sleepy Hollow certainly grabs the attention with a series of increasingly big ideas and over the top images. The scene depicting the Headless Horseman strapped down with bandoliers and brandishing a machine gun seems to sum up the series’ philosophy – take a familiar story and go as crazy with it as possible. At the very least, Sleepy Hollow looks like it could be hugely id-pleasing fun.

The trailer for Sleepy Hollow doesn’t exactly indicate how the show will wring an entire season out of its concept – much less any seasons to come. Fortunately, the biggest concepts thrown around during the preview indicate that the series’ writers could expand the series to include other American (and even Biblical) stories into a larger narrative.

What do you think of the trailer, Screen Rant readers? Let us know in the comments.


Sleepy Hollow will premiere on Fox this fall.

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  1. “Hey look man, don’t kill the messenger…”… So God said, “I sent you to announce my coming to end the world, what happened?” The headless horseman replied, “I guess I lost my head.” God said “wha–” God said, “I knew I shoulda’ ordered the extra strength model…” The headless horseman said, “It wasn’t my fault, they had guns, a sword, a dirty book, and a 4ft cop…” God said, “well did you at least bring me a double mocha latte?” Headless horseman gives God his coffee, and spills it on him giving God third degree burns so God cuts off his arm just like in Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Okay, people, (I’ve said this on other websites I know) but seriously, do you think it is a good idea to cast one of God’s messengers as the “bad guy” in a TV series? I mean, I know it’s Revelation, but isn’t one of the 4 riders of the Apocalypse supposed to just be a heralder of God’s coming… I don’t recall any prior TV shows where God is actually cast as the “bad guy” do you? I mean, they did have the dragon (Satan) from Revelation, right? Perhaps a wee bit more analysis and research before going wacko on new ideas for scripts? Just a thought… Sounds laughable to me. Particularly the part about the “oh so serious and ominous music,” geez…

  2. It’s a good story idea for the wrong network. The gore and violence will obviously be toned down a bit. It should have been produced for AMC or A&E where the gore and violence created by a “Headless Horseman” would be the integral part of the series resulting in character development of the supporting cast. Look at the success of The Walking Dead.

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