It seems that we may soon have multiple sightings of the headless horseman as Deadline is reporting that the CW network will be developing their own version of ‘Sleepy Hollow.’
Not too long ago we reported that Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were pitching their version of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ to the networks. Apparently, there was another ‘Sleepy Hollow’ being pitched which the CW was in talks with to develop. When news hit about Orci and Kurtzman’s version being shopped around, the CW was having second thoughts and put a hold on their negotiations to re-access the situation. In the meantime Orci and Kurtzman’s version eventually landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment (meaning that if the network doesn’t air the pilot, it will have to pay the producers a hefty penalty fee.)
With Warner Bros. TV now behind the project, the CW has decided to go ahead and proceed with ‘Sleepy Hollow’ which is being described as a “boundary pushing horror story for television.” Patrick Macmanus (‘Missing’) and Grant Scharbo (‘Missing,’ ‘The Gates,’ ‘Jake 2.0’) will be co-writing the pilot with Scharbo, Macmanus, Gina Matthews, Aaron Berger and Carina Schulze all co-executive producing.
With two networks developing their own version of the classic Washington Irvin tale, it will be interesting to see which one will make it to series and which one gallops away empty headed handed. While we do know that Fox’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ will be set in contemporary times with Ichabod Crane partnering with a female sheriff to solve supernatural crimes and mysteries, we know nothing about the CW’s version beyond the fact that it will push the boundaries of horror (which, frankly, is a tall order with shows such as ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ already succeeding on that front).
The last time the CW was in a “same title” duel, it was with ABC when both networks were developing their own versions of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ Although both dramas went to pilot, the CW network came out the winner with their version getting a series order while ABC’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ may never get seen.
Will the CW come on top again? Only time will tell…