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Fox is Making a Modern Day ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Series

Fox is Making a Modern Day 'Sleepy Hollow' Series

Or at least the pilot for one. As Entertainment Weekly reports, Fox has ordered and committed to air an episode of a “modern-day supernatural thriller based on the 1820 short story” by Washington Irving, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

This adaptation is the work of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Ocri (of “Fringe,” Star Trek” and “Transformers,” among others), who shopped the project around to the big four networks. The pair are writing the script alongside newbie Phillip Iscove, with “Underworld” helmer Len Wiseman attached to direct.

The original story, you’ll recall, explored how 1790s small-town schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones competed for the hand of the daughter of a wealthy farmer, a rivalry won by Brom when Crane has an encounter with the Headless Horseman, the ghost of a soldier whose head was blown off by a cannonball during a Revolutionary War skirmish. Which raises the question — what the hell would a contemporization of this tale look like?

According to Deadline, the prospective series will follow Ichabod Crane “as he partners with Sleepy Hollow’s local female sheriff to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil” — so, like “Grimm”? The site also reports that “Missing” writers Patrick Macmanus and Grant Scharbo are in talks with the CW about their own contemporary take on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” in which “FBI Agent Ichabod Crane arrives in Sleepy Hollow to investigate a mysterious beheading.”

Both of these projects would seem to owe a debt to Tim Burton’s 1999 film “Sleepy Hollow,” which cast Crane as an investigator rather than as a teacher. Either way, headless horsemen — so hot right now.

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