Tom Mison in â œSleepy Hollowâ  from Fox
Tom Mison in â œSleepy Hollowâ from Fox (/)

Fantasy, horror, suspense and fun is the goal in Fox's “Sleepy Hollow,' based on the Washington Irving tale with a modern twist: a man 250 years out of time.

“He's a wonderful lens through which to view our country,' said creator-producer Roberto Orci. Native American history, emancipation, and the reach of government are all fair game as Ichabod Crane (played by Tom Mison) wakes to modern surroundings. Orci says he was “wildly influenced by “The X-Files.' “What people watch television for is the emotional continuity episode to episode.' He wants to make sure there is “a serialized continuity as well as an ongoing mythology.'

Is the time right for fantasy? “Sci-fi has slightly hit a stumbling block, so it's typical you jump between something logical and something more whimsical,' offered exec producer Len Wiseman.

“I wanted to do something that was time travel without time travel,' co-creator and supervising producer Phillip Iscove said.

“There's something fun about taking imagery we're familiar with, like the Legend of Ichabod Crane, and pulling back the veil,' according to exec producer Mark Goffman.

Anyone keeping track of how many producers have a hand in this series?

Granted it's a fun entry point, but how will the genre show play out? Here comes Ichabod, the monster hunter.