Author Washington Irvings
American classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a
dark, dream-like fable. It tells of a horrifying headless horseman who hacks
his way through the inhabitants of the titular upstate New York town, and the
unusual hero who tries to put a stop to this reign of terror without losing his
Filled with spooky atmosphere and
fairy-tale romance, its unthinkable that anybody other than Tim Burton
could be behind the camera on Paramounts new screen version.
Originally involved in the
on-off-on again Superman movie, the director found himself drawn to this
seemingly tailor-made project.
I had been working
on something for like a year and didnt know what I was gonna do",
says Burton. "They sent me the script. I just really liked it. Andy Walker
(Sevens Andrew Kevin Walker) did a really strong script. I was
more familiar with the Disney cartoon, their actual story. But its funny,
in America most kids never read the story but they know the story of the
came to recreating the town of Sleepy Hollow a real place in upstate New
York circa 1799, the director chose to film in England. Why so?
Strangely enough, New York is such a
great city and has so many great artists (but) in terms of film artists
theres not the resources there. Here, theres so many great people
and artists that way and then we were able to find some place that had the
feeling of it. If wed done it in America, I dont think wed
have worked with some of these guys like Michael Gambon and Michael Gough, you
know, Richard Griffiths. It just feels like a good mix.
production crew of 80 toiled for four months in Lime Tree Valley, a private
estate about an hours drive North of London, on the livery stable,
church, blacksmiths, general store, bank and half a dozen other buildings. And
the creepiest graveyard youve ever seen.
Its like going into a weird
fantasy land, its like a Dutch recreation. You go to this little town and
people are dressed like this, churning butter and dipping candles like wax
figures and its just like this weird culture... "