Are you a fan of The CW's Supernatural and Fox's Sleepy Hollow?
Do you believe that the two twist-laden genre shows go together like peanut butter and jelly, classic rock and a classic muscle car, Ichabod Crane and a general disdain for bottled water?
Then your prayers have been answered, as Warner Bros. Television, 20th Century Fox TV and Hulu have announced production on a spinoff of the two shows, under the working title of "SuperSleepy." Don't believe us? Feast your peepers on the official press release below...
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BURBANK, Calif. (April 1, 2014) — An unlikely pairing will come to life on popular streaming website Hulu as Supernatural star Misha Collins and Sleepy Hollow fan favorite Orlando Jones join forces in a unique and unexpected limited series.
After lengthy negotiations, the OTT (over-the-top) streaming video subscription service, Sleepy Hollow producer 20th Century Fox TV, and Supernatural producer Warner Brothers Television, have reached a licensing agreement for a spinoff from the two acclaimed drama series.
The untitled spinoff series, codenamed SuperSleepy, has been in the works for months.
It centers on two of the breakout supporting characters from the respective series, Sleepy Hollow's Captain Frank Irving (Jones), the by-the-book police captain who was last seen confessing to a murder he did not commit, and Supernatural's Castiel, an angel who fell from heaven and works alongside the Winchester Brothers to protect humanity from the battle between heaven and hell.
Conceived by Supernatural writer/producer Robbie Thompson - along with actors Jones and Collins, who inspired the idea through a series of humorous tweets about the proposed series - the spinoff will be a standalone 13 episode series that will focus on the relationship between the two characters after Collins' character appears in Sleepy Hollow while Jones' Captain Irving is in an asylum under heavy sedation.
None of the parties would elaborate on the project’s status, but we’ve learned that SuperSleepy has a series order pending the completion of Fox’s deal with Jones and Warner Bros.' deal with Collins and Thompson. Collins is slated to direct the pilot.
The agreement between Hulu, Fox, and WB came after negotiations with Amazon, which has had huge success with Sleepy Hollow, broke down over Amazon’s concern about the project’s special “niche within a niche market appeal."
An earlier announcement about the hybrid series on The Huffington Post hinted at the involvement of legendary Star Trek actor William Shatner in a supporting role, although calls to his representatives have not been returned.
The hour-long spinoff is expected to be far less dark than the respective original series with more comedy infused into it.
Sleepy Hollow co-creator Len Wiseman has been high on the idea since Jones first discussed it with him in December. “As a fan of Supernatural I would love to see a SuperSleepy spinoff,” he said at the recent Paleyfest event for Sleepy Hollow at Los Angeles' Dolby Theater.
“I like the idea of a buddy show in which these two breakout characters will do anything it takes to protect mankind from the impending apocalypse while trying to out-sass each other. I look forward to seeing a more comedic side of these characters than our respective shows regularly present. That would be fun — I would like that.”
No word yet on whether the lead actors from either show — Sleepy Hollow stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie or Supernatural leads Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki — will make an appearance in the spinoff.
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