The new hit television show Sleepy Hollow
cast members, producers, and creators all sat down at New York Comic Con to dish on the details of the supernatural series. Co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Len Wiseman along with executive producer Heather Kadin and supervising producer Phillip Iscove all gave the fans an insider’s look into the television series. A few of the series stars who turned out to their panel included Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane), Orlando Jones (Capt. Frank Irving) Katia Winter (Katrina Crane), and Nicole Beharie (Lt. Abbie Mills) all eager to answer fans questions.
inspired by Washington Irving’s tale “The Legend of The Sleepy Hollow,” explores the story of Ichabod Crane and his rivals the Headless Horsemen in today’s modern society. Both Ichabod Crane and The Headless Horsemen are resurrected from their graves some 200 years after their first clash. While both parties have different motives, Crane is out to save the world while the Horsemen are out to destroy it.
To begin the Sleepy Hollow
panel the room is immediately plummeted into darkness, flashing the suspenseful opening onto the theatres screen, the audience also indulged in a clip from episode 2, while the members of the show all came out on stage. They were greeted to a warm welcome, and dove right into the details. In the episode 2 scene Crane is racing to get away from the Headless Horsemen through a dimly lit forest with flashes of light. With the Horsemen approaching, Crane begins to fight against enchanted vines winding all around him, pulling him into a hidden cavern beneath the ground, saving him from the Headless Horsemen. Producers Kadin and Iscove explained that the vines actor Tom Mison was fighting against were all CG. Meaning during filming he was fighting against nothing. Mison jokes, “It’s what I trained for.”
The producers initially envisioned Crane as an American instead of British, however that proved to be quite the task Kurtzman explained, “We just couldn’t find an actor who didn’t feel like he was from the Valley, frankly, If we go British, what would be particularly interesting about it is if he fought for the Americans. … What’s that story? So that became a very compelling story right away.” He noted it was executive producer Heather Kadin who suggested Mison. “Tom came into the room and he blew the doors off the place, and we knew we had our Ichabod.”
Co-creator Len Wiseman discussed the emphasis on keeping practical effects versus visual effects. Wiseman explains, “I really wanted it to stay as a practical creature too, something that can actually be achieved. I miss practical creatures both in movies and in television. You don’t see it a lot. So that’s the starting point. What can we actually do practically? What can we achieve? It makes the designs a little bit harder because you don’t have the access to everything visual effects-wise. But you can still make some really great, amazing characters. So we want to keep doing that.”
Throughout the panel different clips were shown to the audience to treat them to great moments of the show, also giving great discussion points. One clip has Crane eloquently talking about love, who finds himself in an interesting love triangle. Ichabod and Lt. Mills has incredible chemistry, however Crane’s wife Katrina adds extra complications to the relationship. Mison attempted to explain his love triangle, “There’s undoubtedly a connection with Lt. Abigail Mills, but then in the back of his mind, he is like ‘Oh my god I have a wife and she’s witch. I am in so much trouble!” He added, “I can’t wait to see the reaction of a 200-year-old witch to a new girl taking her husband.” Although there has not been a focus on Katrina, Katia Winter promises that the audience will get a chance to know her more through her backstory. The panel concluded with a rough cut of a scene from the episode that airs November 4th
. While Crane is visiting his wife’s grave, he is hit with a tranquillizer dart, and then kidnaped. Mills is driving home, when she is “sucked” into a vision of an old battered house. Katrina appears introducing herself, and warns Mills that only her (Mills) and Crane can stop the Headless Horsemen. If they are not stopped and Crane rescued by sundown all will be lost. Katrina also brings in the new theme of a sin-eater. As the clip comes to an end a thunderous applause from the audience brings a close to the panel.
Fans of Sleepy Hollow
will be ecstatic to know that the suspenseful series has been renewed for a second season. Catch Sleepy Hollow
on Mondays at 9 ET on Fox.