FOX announced three huge new pilot orders today, capped off by an order for 'Sleepy Hollow,' based on the legend of same name. Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci ('Star Trek') are bringing their A-List talents to the small screen with this pilot being billed as “a modern-day supernatural thriller based on the legend of Sleepy Hollow.” While that doesn't tell us much, you've got me, your old pal Adam, to fill you in!
One of the earliest and most enduring American stories, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" was written by Washington Irving and published in 1820. Set in 1790 in a Dutch-American settlement, Sleepy Hollow is known for hauntings, ghosts, and the presence of pure evil. One such haunting is of the fabled Headless Horseman (pictured above), a nameless soldier who had his head taken off by cannon fire during the American Revolutionary War. As Irving tells it, the Headless Horseman "rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest for his head."
As famous as the Horseman is Ichabod Crane, a schoolmaster in the original tale and an investigator in the feature film adaptation 'Sleepy Hollow' played by Johnny Depp. Len Wiseman ('Live Free or Die Hard') will direct and produce the pilot 'Sleepy Hollow' for FOX. Expect appearances by both Crane and the Horseman.
Following 'Sleepy Hollow' is a pilot order for 'Delirium,' a science-fiction drama. Karyn Usher ('Bones') is writing and exec producing 'Delirium' based on a trilogy of books about a future where love itself is outlawed. How can love be illegal, you ask? Well people have developed a special procedure to eradicate love (presumably the feelings associated with the word). According to the description, "with 95 days to go until her scheduled treatment, Lena Holoway does the unthinkable: She falls in love." I see problems.
Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope will produce on 'Delirium.' No word yet as to why anyone would strive to eradicate love nor what world governments could possibly gain from spending billions to that end.
Rounding out the list of orders is 'The List,' a police drama centered around a U.S. Marshall. Paul Zbyszewski of 'Lost' brings us a pilot with the following logline: "When members of the Federal Witness Security Program start getting killed, US Marshal Dan Shaker leads the hunt for the person who stole “the list” – a file with the identities of every member of the program."
Why would everyone involved in the witness security program be listed together? What purpose could that have served? Ah well, I suppose it is easy to believe any story that involves a government oversight of gigantic proportions.
What say you? Do any of these pilot orders pique your interest?