Kurtzman + Orci's Sleepy Hollow series just got really sci-fi

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Feb 21, 2013, 10:04 AM EST

Some new details have trickled out about Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s mysterious Sleepy Hollow series, and it seems the Fringe producers are bringing some of their patented sci-fi twists with them to the Fox project.

The Hollywood Reporter is saying the show will feature a time-travel element, with classic 18th-century protagonist Ichabod Crane transported to the present day, where he’ll be working with a detective.

Here’s the synopsis, which sheds some more light on the premise:

In the script, Ichabod is described as a captain in the Revolutionary War who has been to hell and back. The former history professor finds himself catapulted to present day Sleepy Hollow, where he's indicted for the murder of a police officer and forced to prove not only his innocence but make a wary detective believe he's a traveler from the 18th century.

The pilot has also picked up its first two cast members, with Orlando Jones (Evolution) playing a modern-day detective and Katia Winter (Dexter) taking on the role of Ichabod Crane’s 18th-century wife. The main role of Ichabod Crane has yet to be cast.

Kurtzman and Orci (Fringe, Hawaii Five-0) bring a ton of sci-fi experience to the project, so it’ll be interesting to see what they can do with such a classic property. Judging by what we have here, it seems the show will be a procedural with a twist. Maybe a little bit of The Raven crossed with Fringe and the modern run of Hawaii Five-0. It sounds weird, but it could work.

What do you think? Will you give this one a chance in the fall? 

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)