WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Sleepy Hollow is riding into town.
Production on the new FOX show starts in a few days. Members of the cast and crew are in town preparing for filming to begin.
The pilot was shot in Salisbury but now, the show has moved east to set up shop in Wilmington.
The cast and crew will film 13 episodes over the next six months.
Some of the filming will take place at Screen Gems Studios, where a police precinct has been constructed for the show.
But according to Mark Goffman, the Executive Producer of the show, the production will mostly be filming on location.
He told Sleepy Hollow picked the Port City because of its versatility.
"As part of the ambiance, we wanted something that showed a small town," he said. "We wanted a location that would also be really spooky because that's a big part of the show. It's kind of a Halloween episode every week. There's lots of interesting locations we found here."
The show is a modern-day retelling of Ichabod Crane.
The original story, featuring the Headless Horseman, is just 17 pages.
Goffman said that gives the show's writers a lot of room to be creative.
"With the headless horseman, we'll realize he is just the tip of the iceberg," Goffman said. "We'll realize that he's part of a whole army of evil that's coming out."
Goffman said the show will include flashbacks to the 1770s, when Ichabod Crane, played by Tom Mison, is given a special assignment from George Washington. Crane is brought back to life in modern times to complete that assignment.
"We have a lot of really cool stunts, horses and special effects," said Goffman. "Every episode is like a movie. That's the way we're treating it, so it's really exciting."
Goffman said describes the show as a "supernatural adventure".
"It's a great combination of humor and scares so while you are watching it, it's very suspenseful but there are a lot of really good laughs and comedy," he said.
Sleepy Hollow airs on FOX Wilmington starting September 16. To vote to bring an advance screening to Wilmington, click here. Be sure to use a Wilmington zip code, even if you life in a surrounding county.
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