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Orci & Kurtzman Cast John Cho For Guest Spot In ‘Sleepy Hollow’ + Sell Sci-Fi Project To Universal March 15, 2013

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Orci/Kurtzman,ST09 Cast , trackback

Karl Urban isn’t the only new Star Trek star who has nabbed an acting gig from a Trek producer this pilot season. Now news comes that John Cho has been cast in a guest role for Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman’s Sleepy Hollow Fox pilot. Bob and Alex have also sold a new sci-fi movie project to Universal. Details on all that below.  


Orci & Kurtzman cast John Cho For ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Pilot

John Cho, Star Trek’s new Mr. Sulu, has been cast for a guest spot in the Fox drama pilot Sleepy Hollow from Star Trek writer/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The Hollywood Reporter gives the details…

Sleepy Hollow is a modern-day supernatural thriller based on the legend starring British actor Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane. Cho will play Officer Andy Dunn, a likable police officer in Sleepy Hollow who has Detective Abbie Archer’s (Shame’s Nicole Beharie) back and is seemingly compassionate and helpful. However, there is more to him than meets the eye.

Orci and Kurtzman are writing the pilot episode and will executive produce. Heather Kadin is an executive producer and Phil Iscove is a writer and producer. The pilot is being directed by Len Wiseman.

Cho is currently part of the cast of the Matthew Perry-led NBC sitcom Go On (Tuesdays at 9PM) which has decent ratings and a reasonable chance of being picked up for a second season.

John Cho with Matthew Perry in next week’s episode of "Go On" – Cho just cast to guest star in Orci & Kurtzman’s "Sleepy Hollow" pilot

In other Orci and Kurtzman news, Deadline reported this week that the pair have sold a sci-fi thriller project to Universal. The script is being written by Steven Karczynski.

By the way, Cho isn’t the only Sulu that Orci and Kurtzman have recently tapped for one of their shows. Original Star Trek’s George Takei was cast as Uncle Choi for an episode of Hawaii Five-O which aired in December. 

George Takei with Daniel Dae Kim on the set of "Hawaii Five-0" – another show produced by Orci & Kurtzman



1. scifib5st - March 15, 2013

Great for John Cho

2. MJ - March 15, 2013

Sheesh, do we really need ANOTHER Sleepy Hollow. This is like making me watch more Wolverine and Spiderman movies…enough already!

3. dmduncan - March 15, 2013

Well what’s the peculiar K/O Paper Products twist going to be for Sleepy Hollow?

4. Jack - March 15, 2013

Big fan of that Cho guy. Would be swell to see him play a bit of a villain, if that’s what this is (or isn’t?).

Wow, George looks kind of sexy in that shot. ?.

5. totally random - March 15, 2013

@3. It is set in the 21st century.

6. MJ - March 15, 2013

@5. Like that is going to be believable.

7. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - March 15, 2013

Well. More of the Same Retread!. But. Good to see Cho doing some T.V Acting.

8. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - March 15, 2013

Do you know what would be so great. A New Show that is not based on anything already have been out there and done. Fresh and new and really fantastic.
Na. It could never happen. Lol.

9. Red Dead Ryan - March 15, 2013


Maybe in the Alternate Mirror Universe, Mike. Maybe in the Alternate Mirror Universe…..

10. crazydaystrom - March 15, 2013

Love hearing about the new K/O projects particularly the science fiction project. Continued success my friends! And I’m really hoping the Orson Scott Card “controversy” does not negatively affect Enders Game. When I read the book years ago I was fairly blown away by it. I did not see that ending coming. I more often than not figure those things out, honestly. But not this time. A testament to the quality of Card’s writing.

But Bob Orci!!

Why oh why oh why, with all the many and varied projects you guys have in the works, is a new Star Trek television show not one of them? It can’t be fear of being seen as ‘one trick ponies’ because it’s obvious you’re not. And I can’t believe you don’t want to be TOO associated win Trek. So please sir tell me, tell U,S that a new Trek show is in development, hopefully for the 50th anniversary. By you guys preferably, but by someone…ANYone! This has to be true. Logic would seem to dictate that it is. If not, why?

11. crazydaystrom - March 15, 2013

That should have been “too associated*with* Trek…

@Emperor Mike & R D Ryan-
I’d like that but honestly I don’t see it being ok’d as a series. But I’d like that. Mirror, Mirror is my favorite TOS ep. And I loved DS9’s mirror eps.

12. totally random - March 15, 2013

@6. Well it seems to work just fine for Grimm, Sherlock, and Once Upon a Time, so I doubt that will have any negative effect, regardless though I am just passing on what I read in other articles about this upcoming show.

13. dmduncan - March 15, 2013

5. totally random – March 15, 2013

Yeah I know it’s set in the present. That’s not what I mean.

14. sean - March 15, 2013

Sleepy Hollow was a short story, it sounds like they’re simply using the framework to create their own stories (after all, Ichabod and the Headless Horseman could hardly fill out an entire season of shows).

15. totally random - March 15, 2013

@13, Ok, that was just the only thing I had heard about it that would qualify as a “twist” to me.

16. dmduncan - March 15, 2013

15. totally random – March 15, 2013

Bob and Alex have a point of view, so I’m interested to know how that POV is going to be integrated into this old story.

I wouldn’t normally think Bob and Alex and Sleepy Hollow in the same sentence, so that they are doing it intrigues me.

If anyone ELSE was doing Sleepy Hollow I probably wouldn’t care, but that THEY are doing it makes me sit up straight.

I’m interested.

17. Mad Mann - March 15, 2013

Dafaah? Whatevs…..

18. Buzz Cagney - March 16, 2013

Are these guys working their way through an alphabetical list or something? Still, money for old rope is still legal currency I guess so lucky them.

19. EM - March 16, 2013

Sounds a little like they are on the Once Upon a Time bandwagon!
But, that might be a good thing!

20. ster julie - March 16, 2013

George was great as Uncle Choi on H50!

21. boborci - March 16, 2013

2 MJ

So true. This is just like every other Sleepy Hollow that takes place modern day.

22. boborci - March 16, 2013

10. Ok! Just for u, we will give some thought to what a show might be!

23. Jack - March 16, 2013

Or like every other fairy tale/classic character etc. show that takes place in modern day?

24. Vultan - March 16, 2013

Modern day, huh?

So will it be the Headless Biker? The Headless Hell Rider of the Fully Charged Segway? I know! The Headless Frenchman in Bicycle Shorts? Oh, that is frightening….

25. Filme online - March 16, 2013

Still, money for old rope is still legal currency I guess so lucky them.

26. AJ - March 16, 2013

I think a headless taxi driver would be cool.

27. Cass - March 16, 2013

I don’t see how a new Star Trek television show could lose with Bob Alex and Damon on board… not to say not but I really mean it. Please make it so!

28. Cass - March 16, 2013

$&! Voice to text…. should read “not just saying that.”

29. crazydaystrom - March 16, 2013

22. boborci-
Thank you.
As I’ve said a cupplafew times now, it’s hard to believe TINTS (The Inevitable New Trek Show) is not already in the works, even if it’s only in an early, early development stage. It would be insane for that to not be the case. But to paraphrase something that someone said or wrote somewhere – To not be insane in this crazy world would truly be madness!.

Oh well, fingers crossed for lots of great new Trek, besides and beyond STID, in the not too distant future.

And speaking of SIDT, only a little less than nine weeks to go! As I said before I’m saying again, a major theme is going to be FAMILY (and various iterations thereof)!

Again, thanks Bob.

30. dmduncan - March 16, 2013

There’s definitely a trend with fairy tale TV shows, none of which I watch, but apparently which some people do.

I’m curious about how they envision the series so I will watch it so long as it appears on a channel that I get or will get in the future.

An update of the Rip Van Winkle story might be a good series to do. It has a good potential SF angle, social commentary angle, and how the hell do I get back home from the future? angle.

What’s cool about Rip Van Winkle is that it presents a what-if situation that’s fun to imagine happening to yourself. I think every person can immediately identify with becoming wildly lost, in this case in a different place AND time.

It must speak to some childhood fear we all probably have.

31. dmduncan - March 16, 2013

SyFy has actually put out some decent shows. Right now I’m enjoying Warehouse 13, and I loved Eureka. I loved the characters in that show. It was like Star Trek or Firefly in that it created a family of characters who were all great together and whom you would love to know in real life. And I got so absorbed with Jack and Allison finally finding each other. Every time I thought the writers were going to screw that relationship up I started to worry as if two real people who deserved to be together were not going to be that way! So it really worked on me.

And Jack as “the strong force” that holds it all together was a beautiful sentiment to end the series on.

Damn Comcast for cancelling that show.

32. crazydaystrom - March 16, 2013

Yeah dm, great shows, Warehouse 13 and Eureka. I’m still smarting from the cancellation of Alphas, a show I particularly liked. Hey, that’s one I’d really like to see Kickstarted!

33. dmduncan - March 16, 2013


Haven’t seen Alphas yet, but thanks for the heads up. I catch everything on Netflix. Which only had up to season 4 on Eureka. But by the time 4 was over I was so involved that I bought 5 on Amazon instant video.

I’ll keep an eye out for Alphas, but uh, did they give it/are they giving it a proper ending? Or cancelling in the middle with no neat finish?

If they just cut it off with no proper ending I may not watch it because that is frustrating after you invest yourself in the story and then get abandoned.

34. dmduncan - March 16, 2013


SyFy also does some online series, which is cool. I like their thinking. SyFy is my favorite network.

35. Ahmed - March 16, 2013

@ 34. dmduncan – March 16, 2013

“SyFy also does some online series, which is cool. I like their thinking. SyFy is my favorite network.”

Didn’t know that, any good ones ?

36. dmduncan - March 16, 2013


Mercury Men is REALLY cool.

They have a couple others which look interesting but that I haven’t seen yet. I plan on watching Nuclear Family tonight sometime.

37. porthoses bitch - March 16, 2013

I actually am a fan of Face-Off on Syfy.and its web version of Redemption. Great practical effects make up and it has an old school feel tto it.
Reminds me of being a kid and reading FM and reading of Wally Westmore, Don Poat et. All.

38. AJ - March 16, 2013

Stick with one show: ‘Game of Thrones.’ All others, “No soup for you!”

I am chomping for March 31st.

39. MJ - March 16, 2013

#38. Agreed. I can’t wait!

40. Jim Nightshade - March 17, 2013

well alternate earths already done by orcis fringe series…awesome show that not nearly enuf viewers watched….a comment about that i made in my letter to tv guide about fringe that was quoted last month..hope mr orci saw it….even as great of a show as fringe had trouble attracting viewers…would a new trek series fare better….not sure…would past shows hurt or help ratings….depends on what alex n bob do huh….continued best of luck sir n congrats on newest projects…us trek scifi fans will always suppirt you bob…

41. DM - March 17, 2013

Bob Orci – I see that you guys are going to be filming here in my town of Salisbury this week – I assume you’ll be on set? If so, welcome to Salisbury! We hope the show will be a success and you guys will be back often!

42. crazydaystrom - March 17, 2013

33. dmduncan
“I’ll keep an eye out for Alphas, but uh, did they give it/are they giving it a proper ending? Or cancelling in the middle with no neat finish?”

Alas, cancelled with no neat finish. And too bad too. It was what the show ‘Heroes’ should have been.

40. Jim Nightshade –
“…orcis fringe series…awesome show that not nearly enuf viewers watched…”

So true, Jim. Loved that show. I WILL purchase the entire series for my collection when I get my tax refund.

“….even as great of a show as fringe had trouble attracting viewers…would a new trek series fare better….”

Something to consider certainly. And probably the primary answer to the question I asked Bob. Creators and studios MUST consider costs and ratings which are things that are all too easy for someone like me to put further down the list of my considerations. But I HAVE to believe that with the name recognition of the Star Trek brand coupled with interesting and intriguing storytelling, success would be the result. When Enterprise, under Manny Coto, started delivering great stories (and more importantly, great Trek) ratings began to increase in response. The popularity of TNG can be matched AND exceeded IMHO.

“trek scifi fans will always support you bob…”

Yes. We. Will.

43. boborci - March 17, 2013

41 DM

thank u kindly!

44. dmduncan - March 17, 2013

Nuclear family was so so. Still I do like SyFy’s thinking, and looks like they have an interesting new SF show coming up called Defiance that also ties into a video game.

If you guys haven’t seen season 5 of Eureka, you should check it out. The ending, Just Another Day, was a great way to tie up a long running series.

Jack’s “this is what I do” moment really choked me up, but you have to catch the story from the beginning to get the full impact of that moment because it took five years of memorable stuff to get you there.

Jack’s conclusion, after he comes out of the wormhole, is something most of us can probably relate to. I hope when I am at that point in my own story I can say the same thing about my life that he did about his, there in that odd little town of Eureka.

45. Ahmed - March 17, 2013

60 days to the BIG DAY ! Well, at least for us in North America.

Bob, any update on your current & future projects ?

46. dmduncan - March 17, 2013

You know I think that last episode of Eureka made me realize that. We’re not here in this realm to do a frakin job. We’re here to live a story, and maybe that’s why stories and story-telling are so hugely important. When they are really good, we can sort of give feedback to ourselves through them that lets us make adjustments in the stories of our own lives.

47. Ahmed - March 17, 2013

@dmduncan, I watched maybe two or three episodes of Eureka but after reading your comment, I will probably start watching the show from the beginning.

God know that there are not that many good genre shows these days on the air. Still waiting for the next Lost or BSG series to come out & engage us in the same way these two shows did.

48. The Sinfonian - March 17, 2013

AP: You say in regard to Daniel Dae Kim: “Cho isn’t the only Sulu that Orci and Kurtzman have recently tapped for one of their shows.” I know many of us know Kim was up for the role… but where was Kim also a Sulu? Did I miss something?

Bob: Two months to go on STID! Would it be fair to ask in the same way we did before ST2009, if there were any particular Trek (or other) books which would be a good re-read before the movie? You gave us good advice on the couple Trek novels the last go around…. gave us a good sense of George Kirk (even though he had quite a different ‘ending’ in the Nero-verse… you were true to the novel’s characterization of him.)

Syfy: Well, I never got into Alphas… but considering they continue to air the downright bizarre Lost Girl… the moral of the story seems to be that if you want a show to run longer… get a Canadian channel to underwrite it. Maybe the Canadians would go for a new Star Trek series, set in the TMP to TWOK equivalent era, with Michael Weatherly in the lead as and older Kirk. Then you could have Daniel Dae as an older Sulu.

49. dmduncan - March 17, 2013

47. Ahmed – March 17, 2013

If you invest yourself to start from the beginning, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by the end. For me personally, it was an end that was worth getting to.

A series is like a big book. It took me a while to fall in love with the family of characters, but once I did I really wanted to know what was going to happen to them as if they were all my friends. Especially Jack and Allison whose relationship began to propel me further and further into the series.

I really can’t stand it when the network cancels a good show in the middle of the story and don’t give the people who DID invest in it the respect of a proper finale.

That’s lame. Disrespectful. I don’t care if it isn’t making you all the money you’d hoped for. Cut to the chase if you must, but at least TRY to finish it properly.

They did it right for Eureka. When the time comes, I hope they do the same for Warehouse 13.

50. Sophia Greene - March 17, 2013

Most think of Karl Urban as more famous as Caesar from Xena, not the unnecessary unwanted star trek rehash, I sure wish they had left the original trek alone and made a creative new trek!!!


51. Ahmed - March 17, 2013

@49. dmduncan
“I really can’t stand it when the network cancels a good show in the middle of the story and don’t give the people who DID invest in it the respect of a proper finale.”

I know what you means, so many good & not so good series were cancelled without giving proper ending.

shows like Firefly, FlashForward, Jericho, Persons Unknown, Terra Nova, The Event, The River, V, Virtuality, Awake, Caprica and Rubicon.

All got one season only-with the exception of Jericho & V- and lot of unanswered questions.

@50. Sophia Greene, I watched Xena a long time ago & don’t remember him at all. But in Star Trek, Karl Urban was the best thing about the new movie. He was so amazing that I just loved his scenes & memorized it.

About the reboot, that ship already sailed. We need to move on & hope that next movie will be as perfect as possible.

52. totally random - March 17, 2013

@16. I found the twist, at least one of them, the Ichabod Crane of the show is going to be from the past and transported to present day Sleepy Hollow.

53. totally random - March 17, 2013

@54, No Karl was best known from the Lord of the Rings movies (Eomer) and The Chronicles of Riddick, not some guest spot on some stupid B grade TV series.

54. P Technobabble - March 18, 2013

Another show that never had a proper ending was HBO’s “Carnivale,” which my girlfriend turned me on to after it had already been cancelled. It was particularly good in the beginning and got a little ehh at the end of the second season, but it would have been nice to see how it all ended.

55. Edshrinker - March 18, 2013

They got to end Farscape with a really good 4-hour mini. BTW, with all the Kickstarter talk, I believe a ton of money was raised via fans for that. If so, I can’t remember another show before that which raised money to continue…can you? I am really asking. Was farscape the 1st kickstarter?

We never got the promised webisodes. The comics were good. I would beg them to take my money for more Crichton, Aeryn, and Lil D!!! Gigi Edgly…not aging well but Chiana would be nice too. And though D’argo is dead, maybe a neural pal for John like Scorpy/Harvey??

Thinking out loud. Sorry. I miss those characters.

56. dmduncan - March 18, 2013

Watching a series that gets cancelled with no ending is like getting half way through your meal when the waiter comes up and says “no more bread, no more refills, no dessert, and could you please be out of here in 5 minutes?”

57. Red Dead Ryan - March 18, 2013

“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” ended on a cliffhanger.

Still makes me mad to this day…

58. The Sinfonian - March 18, 2013

@57: Simple RDR, that timeline was Terminated. :)

59. Sophia Greene - March 18, 2013

Xena? B-Grade? …omg hardly ..in fact it was tops in the ratings even over 7 of 9’s, series ….or Hercules, and still is tops number #1 of Sam Rami’s best series. , guess some people are just Troll-clowns I guess?, cmon be KIND!

Anyway…Karl Urban RULES in ANYTHING! Okay??? :)


60. totally random - March 18, 2013

@59, It had b-movie quality special effects, bad scripts, poor acting, and many other problems, as for the ratings, who gives a crap, they don’t make the show any better, lots of completely crap shows get great ratings, look at pretty much any “Reality TV” series (cause they all suck) dont matter what ratings it gets, a polished turd is still a turd.

61. Ahmed - March 18, 2013

I actually enjoyed watching Hercules a lot, it was one of these shows that are so bad that you can’t help but like it ;) An hour of your life where you turn off your logic & enjoy the ride.

Xena, on the other hand wasn’t as interesting as Hercules. I watched most of the first 2 seasons & then stopped.

62. Ahmed - March 18, 2013

56. dmduncan – March 18, 2013

“Watching a series that gets cancelled with no ending is like getting half way through your meal when the waiter comes up and says “no more bread, no more refills, no dessert, and could you please be out of here in 5 minutes?””

Back in summer 2010, I started watching a new show called “Rubicon” on AMC, a beautifully shot & written conspiracy series.

After 13 amazing episodes, AMC cancelled it & the season 1 finale cliffhanger was never resolved.

63. dmduncan - March 19, 2013


Instead of letter writing campaigns, maybe we should start flashmobbing the twitter accounts of the network bobble-heads who cancel these things.

I didn’t get to see Rubicon but I heard it was good.

64. Sophia - March 19, 2013

Xena is a terrific show about and for woman basically …and I am ok if some of you guys dont “get it”, actually.


65. Red Dead Ryan - March 19, 2013

I thought “Xena” sucked. Just an excuse for some lesbo-eroticism.

66. totally random - March 19, 2013

Lucy Lawless’s one guest appearance on Burn Notice was better than the entire run of Xena, hands down. If Kevin Sorbo had not followed Hercules with a little show called “Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda” I wouldn’t even believe he was an actor.

67. Sophia - March 19, 2013

Sad to see such malace coming from others who call themselves Star Trek “fans” , This is not very adult en also it is far from what I expected @ all regarding Xena which is still more than ever a wildly popular series, every bit as goede as Star Trek in its own uniqueness and moving tales.

68. totally random - March 19, 2013

@67. First, no it isnt, second no one else is being any more negative about Xena than you were at post number 50 about the 2009 Star Trek movie, which was a comment I severly disagree with, and cannot comprehend how any Star Trek fan could agree with it, but you still have a right to your (wrong) opinion, just as I have a right to my (right) opinion, and nothing you do can change that.

69. totally random - March 19, 2013

@67. Also, learn to frikin spell, the word is good, not goede, what you spelled isnt even a word.

70. Sophia - March 19, 2013

@69 I am dutch you stupid person …a obvious troll I see.

71. Sophia - March 19, 2013

stop the hate start to love instead TR

72. Sophia - March 19, 2013

I was not bashing Trek I praise Star Trek just not het silly rebellious remake of the original classics, i say the same about TNG or DS9!

73. totally random - March 19, 2013

@72. And that is just more proof of my point. You call me a troll when you are being personally insulting to me, which I have not done towards you at all, which only proves that you are the true troll, therefore I will stop feeding you now, bye.

74. Sophia - March 19, 2013

You have proven nothing, but your seeming ignorance of the facts of life on line and off and about the important ways of humane behaviour, please try and grow up.

75. Anthony Pascale - March 19, 2013

we have enough trouble with people fighting over Star Trek on this site but Xena fighting? Enough! everyone back to your corners.

76. Sophia - March 19, 2013

Please I am sorry, also my apologys but for my sincere love of Star Trek and other good programmes as well Mr. Pascale. I will behave myself on your forum.

77. dmduncan - March 19, 2013

If I don’t like Xena, does that make me…xenaphobic?

78. Sophia Greene - March 20, 2013

Niet but it seems to make for a less enjoyable world for intergalaxtic peace and harnony, ja which is the very will of Landru …as there is room enough for both Star Trek en Xena and everything else in fantasy media… in thuis our wide wunnerul world, do u agree? Dank je fellow Trekkers!

This is my last post on the subject. I respect this site and the goede it stands for, even in my broken english.

79. Jules - March 21, 2013

Let me just say XENA IS AWSOME and I REALLY don’t care if you disagree with me.

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