Sleepy Hollow script
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Synopsis: Ichabod Crane awakes from the throes of death 250 years in the future where he must solve a mystery dating back to the founding fathers. Due to a blood spell cast on a battlefield during the Revolution, the infamous headless horseman is revived along with Crane, and the murderous rider embarks on a bloody rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod realizes that he must act quickly, for the headless horseman is only the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Detective Abbie Mills, a woman familiar with supernatural experiences, forms a bond with Crane as they try to stop an increasingly vicious cycle of evil.

HIGH CONSTABLE:

These "methods" of yours... there

has been no practical application.

ICHABOD:

Not for lack of trying.

HIGH CONSTABLE:

Just so. Granted. And so you take

your experimentations to Sleepy

Hollow and catch the murderer who

has tainted the place. Bring him

here to face our good justice.

Will you do this for me?

ICHABOD:

(swallowing doubt)

I shall, gladly.

HIGH CONSTABLE:

Excellent. Then, you are excused

till morning.

Ichabod moves away, heading to where the corpse was taken.

HIGH CONSTABLE:

Oh, and, Constable...

(off Ichabod's look)

Do make certain that you meet with

success. Otherwise... perhaps you

should not come back at all.

The High Constable smiles a sardonic smile.

INT. WATCHHOUSE, INCINERATION ROOM -- NIGHT

The corpse burns in a raging furnace. Flesh sizzles.

Constable One pumps bellows which fan the flames. Ichabod

steps from darkness nearby. He watches with bitter regret as

the corpse is consumed.

EXT. CITY -- DAY

Market town streets bustle. Filthy. Pigs roam free.

INT. ICHABOD'S HOME, SECOND FLOOR -- DAY

Decorated in Early-American Mad Scientist: books, papers and

jars of chemicals. Charts of anatomy above a small bed.

ICHABOD (o.s.)

Such a day for such a sad farewell.

But, this is goodbye, my sweet.

At the window, Ichabod holds a bird cage with a red CARDINAL

inside. He opens the cage. The bird flies free.

Ichabod watches it go, then looks down. A COACH halts in the

street below. The forlorn DRIVER looks up.

INT. ICHABOD'S COACH -- DAY

In motion. Ichabod absently studies his hands, touching the

strange SCARS on both palms: evenly dispersed, tiny dots of

tissue. Many scars.

Ichabod lifts a LEATHER SATCHEL, checking its contents.

EXT. UPSTATE FORESTS -- DAY

TWO FAMILIES of MIGRANT WORKERS travel a path, leading over-

burdened horses. Ichabod's coach approaches from the other

direction. Ichabod looks out, unnerved.

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Andrew Kevin Walker

Andrew Kevin Walker (born August 14, 1964) is an American BAFTA-nominated screenwriter. He is known for having written Seven (1995), for which he earned a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, as well as several other films, including 8mm (1999), Sleepy Hollow (1999) and many uncredited script rewrites. more…

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