Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci Pitch SLEEPY HOLLOW Series; Len Wiseman Set To Direct

     July 20, 2012


Legend of Sleepy Hollow series is in the works for the 2012 pitch season.  The project will be written by Transformers scribes (it had writers?) Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who are adapting it from a Phillip Iscove script.  Len Wiseman (Underworld) is set to direct.  The trio also worked together on the Hawaii Five-0 pilot.

The project is reportedly being shopped to Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC.  Given the recent popularity of reworking fairy tales and mystery stories, Sleepy Hollow shouldn’t have trouble finding a home.  But it may need to add some zombies, werewolves and/or aliens to really look attractive.  Ichabod Crane: Vampire Hunter has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? For more on the project, hit the jump. 

Though Washington Irving’s classic has been remade and exhibited in an exhaustive number of formats and ways (including musicals), this rendition of Sleepy Hollow promises to be slightly different, mostly by not resembling The Legend of Sleep Hollow at all.  Deadline reports that the series is said to be a modern-day supernatural thriller wherein Ichabod Crane will now pair up with Sleepy Hollow’s female sheriff (do I sense shades of Elementary with this choice?)  to solve mysteries in the town, which is torn between good and evil (Grimm, anyone?).

Kurtzman and Orci also wrote the pilot for Fox’s Fringe, and are probably best known for their writing credits on The Legend of ZoroMission Impossible III and Star Trek.  Wiseman’s directing credits include Live Free Or Die Hard as well as the upcoming Total Recall remake.  Genre-wise, at least, the trio seem primed to helm a series like Sleepy Hollow, though the project could really go either way.