Dueling Sleepy Hollow Series Being Developed by Fringe, Missing Teams

Now don’t lose your head over this, but a drama series (or two!) based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow may soon find its way to network TV.

Two concepts, both called Sleepy Hollow, are circulating in Hollywood as development season begins, per our sister site Deadline.com. The first, from Missing writers Grant Scharbo and Patrick Macmanus, is in talks with The CW. That one offers a modern view of Washington Irving’s classic horror tale by making protagonist Ichabod Crane into an FBI agent who travels to the titular town to check out a beheading.

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The second, created by Fringe and Hawaii Five-0 producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, also offers a modern take on the spooky short story first published in the 1800s about Crane’s mysterious run-in with a headless horseman. That project has landed at Fox with a pilot committment, Deadline reports.

Something similar happened last year with Beauty and the Beast: ABC and The CW both produced girl-meets-shaggy-guy pilots, but The CW’s version was the only one to make it to the fall schedule.

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  1. Templar says:

    Yawn. All of the writers are scrambling to jump on the Once Upon a Time/Grimm popularity train. Typical.

    • nicole says:

      Just because someone introduces a new genre of storytelling for television it means that no one else should take on similar projects? If so, a lot of successful show creators didn’t get the memo

      • Maze says:

        True there, like do we have to count the number of crime and medical drama we have on our small screen. If fairytales are working don’t see why we cant have a few more shows like that.

    • angelnoel1 says:

      It seems Once upon a Time and Grimm most likely came about due to shows such as Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, etc. Every network wants in on the fantasy/supernatural/sci-fi genre. (In my opinion, when Grimm was first introduced, I thought it was too similar to what Supernatural was in the first few seasons. Supernatural had urban legends and fairy tales, while Grimm deals with just the fairy tales.) However, this isn’t anything new. It’s always been part of the tv show evolution. A show comes out that is different from anything else on, and by the next season, each network has their own version of it. I remember times when I couldn’t change the channel without coming across medical dramas, then another time it was all legal dramas.

      • Alicia says:

        Ha, meanwhile SyFy, the channel that’s ACTUALLY supposed to show scifi/fantasy is cancelling all the shows that fit that profile and going to reality shows.

    • King Ransom says:

      That could be a good thing to as SH has shown after it’s first show. It’s still early but so far so good.

  2. Jose Torres says:

    The thing is I don’t see longevity in a show like this…. A season, 2 tops….

    • Miles says:

      I dunno. I suppose they could do it like a supernatural Mentalist. With supernatural cases-of the week with the big bad Headless Horseman being like Red John in that show. :)

  3. taran63 says:

    nothing new under the sun?

  4. Phil says:

    Well at least, Pedowitz isn’t focusing on rich girly shows anymore. The CW has potential to become a high-profile young skewer network.

  5. nick1372 says:

    The first one looks good. I liked Missing, so I’ll probably check it out if it gets on air.

  6. Pete says:

    they should make a series based on Christopher Golden and Ford Lytle Gilmore’s series The Hollow. Basically about a brother and sister who are descendent of Ichabod Crane and when they move to Sleepy Hollow they break a curse that kept the Horseman away from the town and in turn releases a ton of different supernatural beings. Basically this would work best probably on CW alongside Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. The series is four books long but easily could be continued and made longer

  7. ZmaX says:

    the CW version has potential and could be paired with a lot of the shows in the 2013-2014 season
    Supernatural(because of the horror/creature mysteries)
    The Vampire Diaries (because of the supernatural happenings in small town aspect) Beauty and the Beast (because of it’s procedural crime aspect…if this survives)

  8. Bark Star says:

    Given a choice between Orci / Kurtzmann and a group of cigarette addicted, demented monkeys in diapers as developers of a project, I’d go with the monkeys any day of the week.

  9. Brandy says:

    This could be good.I wonder if B&B fails if CW will go forward with this.Id rather they continue to focus on young women’s girly show though but this sounds like it could be interesting.

  10. Mitholas says:

    I wonder what would happen if both shows made it to the air. Could be interesting to see them both progress.

    That said, if this turns into a police procedural-esque show a la Fringe and Grimm, I’m out. You can do a sci-fi/fantasy show without cops people. In fact, it’s probably more fun that way.

  11. Lee says:

    Missing writers Grant Scharbo and Patrick Macmanus to the CW
    missing bombed but CW has been good to sc-fi

    created by Fringe and Hawaii Five-0 producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for fox
    good work history but fox loves axing anything halfway decent

    so send us kurtzman & orci to the CW problem solved

  12. King Ransom says:

    Love me some fairy tales.