Sleepy Hollow (or the Legend of the Headless Horseman), the iconic classic of the nineties directed by Tim Burton, will have a reboot from its distributor, Paramount, directed directly to the Paramount+ streaming platform. Not many details are known; apart from the fact that it will be in charge of Lindsay Beer, who directed the Pet Sematary prequel for the same distributor.
The only thing that is certain is that it will be a new adaptation of the original novel, drawing more inspiration from the literary work of Washington Irving than Tim Burton’s gothic fantasy. Although the film was a favorite with audiences, it fell short of fully interpreting Ichabod Crane’s story.
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Both the original film and the short story came to make their mark on American popular culture; since Sleepy Hollow was one of the first American literary works set in the horror genre (the novel was written in 1820), and the 1999 adaptation was an adaptation that demarcated Tim Burton’s style: the stylization of the macabre. The story has had other adaptations over time, such as an animated version produced by the Disney company itself, and then an action series released in 2014.
On the other hand, the little that is known about this new adaptation, apart from being more faithful to the original book, is that it will bet more on terror than on Gothic. Whether Tim Burton eventually wants to return for the project remains to be seen.