Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries are about to find some company at The CW. Deadline reports the network has set up a new television series called Sleepy Hollow from Patrick Macmanus and Grant Scharbo. The show was shopped around last month as a “boundary-pushing” horror series.
This contemporary take on Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will follow FBI agent Ichabod Crane as he teams up with the town’s local law enforcement to investigate a series of beheadings.
This is separate from a competing Sleepy Hollow show over at Fox. Underworld and Total Recall helmer Len Wiseman will direct the pilot of that one. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Phillip Iscove are taking on writing duties.
I’m curious to see where the CW goes with its series. Will Crane and the police encounter various supernatural enties or is the “Headless Horseman” the primary investigation/mystery through the show, akin to something like The Killing? Furthermore, will audiences tune in knowing full well what “force” is behind the beheadings? I guess it all comes down to the “who” and the “why” of it all. Tim Burton explored his own convoluted motivation in the film Sleepy Hollow in ’99.