Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are known for making 21st century versions of much older properties (see "Star Trek" and "Hawaii Five-0"). But now the two writers are trying something a little more daring: a modern remake of Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
And Fox is interested enough to see a pilot.
The pilot, according to Deadline.com, will have familiar characters like Ichabod Crane, but will pair him with a woman sheriff to try and figure out some of the strange supernatural happenings taking place around Sleepy Hollow.
The project is from both Twentieth Century Fox Television and the production shingle from Kurtzman and Orci, K/O Paper Products. The pilot itself will be directed by Len Wiseman, who also directed the pilot to another Kurtzman/Orci project, "Hawaii Five-0," as well as the upcoming film "Total Recall."
Joining Kurtzman and Orci to write the pilot is Phillip Iscove, a new writer taking on his first major Hollywood project.
Fox could be a great home for the series, especially considering the network's faith it has in another cult project from the two writers -- "Fringe," which is wrapping up its final season this fall despite low ratings over the last couple years. In that series, which was co-created with J.J. Abrams, the network allowed the writers to tell the story they wanted to tell, and continued to order more episodes, even though Fox was losing money in continuing the series.
That has helped turn some of the genre fan sentiment around for Fox, which in the past has been blamed for quick cancellation of shows like "Firefly," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "Dollhouse" and more recently the very expensive "Terra Nova."
Yet, this does not guarantee that such a pilot will make it to series. Kurtzman and Orci worked on two other projects recently under the K/O shingle -- "Locke & Key" and "Exit Strategy" -- but both ended up as broken pilots.
Kurtzman and Orci have a number of projects they are working on. "Star Trek 2" is now in post-production, but the two are attached to the screenplay of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." They also wrote "Cowboys & Aliens" as well as "Transformers" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
The two got their writing start on "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" in 1997 and would first connect with Abrams in 2001 in "Alias."
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