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).
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.