BEVERLY HILLS -- Brace yourself for "Sleepy Hollow," one of the most bizarre new TV shows this fall.
The Fox fantasy thriller takes Washington Irving's classic story and brings it into the modern world, complete with a time-traveling Ichabod Crane, a gun-toting Headless Horseman, and touches of violence and humor.
"We definitely felt it needed to be dark, but dark and fun at the same time," co-creator Ken Wiseman told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday.
In "Sleepy Hollow," Ichabod is resurrected and pulled 250 years through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the nation's founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow.
Word of warning: Forget all prior visions of Ichabod as a ungainly, sheepish schoolteacher. As played by Tom Mison, the new Ichabod is pretty hunky -- and much more of an action hero.
"I can't wait to find out how you bring back someone from the afterlife," Mison said.
The Headless Horseman has also undergone a post-Irving makeover. Wiseman and his fellow producers said they were excited about presenting the ominous character in "a new light" and demonstrate how he "would adapt to modern weapons."
"He is still a man, not just a creature," Wiseman said.
But how does he communicate?
"He may not be able to talk, but he can still write," Wiseman said. "He can convey a lot of attitude just with his body movement."