Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci don’t seem to be able to keep their hands out of genre stuff, especially on the small screen.
Looks like the duo, responsible for writing duties on Fringe and the first two Transformers films, have been given a put-pilot committment from Fox for an adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Penned by Washington Irving and combining folksy superstition with wry wit, the original is less a spook-fest than it is a snarky sort of American gothic. You wouldn’t know that from looking at many of the adaptations, the best being Disney’s Ichabod and Mr. Toad and Tim Burton’s gloriously overwrought Sleepy Hollow, which ignored the story and added more Scooby Doo.
What will the Kurtzman and Orci version look like? Well, as I could have guessed before reading the release, their plan is for a “modern-day supernatural thriller based on the 1820 short story.” Modern update doesn’t surprise me much, especially if the intention is for a tv series. There’s just not enough in the original story or in the setting to sustain a tv series. Will this even feature Ichabod Crane, or Katrina VanTassel or Brom Bones?
Only time will tell. No word on casting yet.