By now, everyone have heard the story of Ichabod Crane and the headless horsemen, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Starting out as a short story by Washington Irving, relating the tales of Ichabod Crane and his encounter with the Headless Horseman, it has worked its way through ‘countless’ film- and TV-adaptations, though most notably being the 1999-film which was directed by Tim Burton and had the story adapted for film by Kevin Yagher and Andrew Kevin Walker. The film stars Johnny Depp as the superstitious investigator Ichabod Crane, Christina Ricci as the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel and Christopher Walken as the legendary Hessian rider, a.k.a the Headless Horseman. The movie feels, although it’s not strictly following its source material, authentic and worthy of its praises, as it cemented the legend a household-tale for future generations to come and if, by chance, you haven’t seen it, please do.
As I mentioned earlier, the legend have been adapted several times before, and even if I would like to, I don’t quite have to time to talk about them all so a a list of honorable mentions feels in order.
- The Headless Horseman (1922) – A silent movie, starring Will Rogers as Ichabod Crane.
- Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949) – A Disney-animation, narrated by Bing Crosby.
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980) – A TV-movie adaptation, starring Jeff Goldblum as Ichabod Crane and Meg Foster as Katrina Van Tassel.
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1999) – A Canadian television film starring Brent Carver and Rachelle Lefevre.
The legends latest installment, however, is a TV-series on Fox, that premiered September 16th, (i.e last week, as I’m writing this). It brings the legend to Present day Sleepy Hollow and tells us the story of Ichabod Crane (while on a mission for George Washington during the American Revolution) “dies”, hortly after beheading an agent of Death, only to awaken again in 2013, along with the Headless Horseman. It’s an interesting take on the legend and while it most certainly takes its privileges with the source material by Washington Irving, it definitely gets the Tango’s Stamp of Approval. Sure, I’ve only seen the first episode, but I can’t really say I’m not hooked, ’cause I am. I love me some headlessness on horseback.
The series was created by Phillip Iscove, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Len Wiseman and stars Tom Mison (One Day, Venus) as Ichabod Crane, Nicole Beharie (American Violet, 42) as Lt. Abbie Mills and Orlando Jones (Evolution, Biker Boyz) as Captain Frank Irving, which I can’t seem to NOT take as a throwback to the original author.
This is definitely something I am looking forward to each week, and I strongly suggest you all give the pilot-episode at least a shot.