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SLEEPY HOLLOW TV Series – Duo Pitches First Big Horrible Idea Of The Season
Will anybody be able to beat NBC to the table?
Sleepy Hollow is a dated property. I know that’s an obvious thing to say about a story that was originally written in the early ninteenth century, but I just want to remind everybody before we get into all of this nonsense. I’d also like to point out that the only reason Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow (1999) was able to succeed as a movie was the combination of brilliant direction, brilliant acting, and a novel, modern take on a classic tale. In other words, because of Tim Burton. Now Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will be selling (and some poor rube of a network WILL buy) and eventually writing the script for a new television series that will follow the continued adventures of Ichabod Crane.
As a duo, Kurtzman and Orci have precisely the type of CV that gets me to write horrible things about people that I don’t know anything about. They’ve worked with J.J. Abrams, on both Fringe (a plus) and Abrams’ Star Trek (a double-plus), which is all well and good. Unfortunately, they also wrote the Hawaii Five-O reboot (minus) and Transformers (ugh). According to Deadline, they will collaborate with a young hotshot writer by the name of Phillip Iscove, who came up with the idea, and Underworld director Len Wiseman, with whom Kurtzman and Orci collaborated on Hawaii Five-O.
The concept of the show is, predictably, to follow the post-Headless Horseman investigations of Ichabod Crane as he tries to solve all of Sleepy Hollow’s other nagging, heretofore unsolved mysteries. Fascinating, huh? Weren’t you up all night clamoring to know more about all of Sleepy Hollow‘s other secrets? You know the ones that nobody ever bothered to write about?
This may seem awkward, but I’d like to take a moment here to toss a little pitch out for a new series that I’m developing. It’s called Carpathia. My series will follow the crew of the RMS Carpathia in the years after that ship was the first upon the scene of the Titanic sinking. My concept is to focus upon all the other crap the crew found floating in the ocean in subsequent cruises before being torpedoed to the bottom of the Celtic Sea by those krafty Germans in 1918. Bottles. Dead fish. Unoccupied life preservers. Think of the possibilities.
In other words, once the Headless Horseman has been dealt with, for my money, the sleepy town of Sleepy Hollow can quietly fuck off.
Unless the networks can find a couple billion dollars to tie Johnny Depp down to a television series, they should really keep their heads as they bid on this one.