There have been rumblings of a Xena: Warrior Princess reboot for a while, and now it seems NBC is taking the next step forward — and they’ve hired a surprisingly good writer to put it together.
NBC has tapped Emmy-winning Lost producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach to write the script for the pilot, which aims to reimagine the fan-favorite franchise through a more modern, Hunger Games-esque lens. Little is known about the exact direction of the series, though the network seems keen to recast the role with a younger actress. The studio seems open to having Lucy Lawless involved in some way, if possible, though we’ll have to wait and see if she’d truly be interested.
Though Grillo-Marxuach’s claim to fame is arguably the Emmy he won working on Lost, he’s also been involved with several excellent genre projects over the years. He was a producer on the short-lived UPN series Jake 2.0 (which was basically a precursor to Chuck) and ABC Family’s super-fun superhero series The Middleman. Of course, he also worked on Medium and Charlie’s Angels, but hey — there’s still some quality work on the resume.
Along with Grillo-Marxuach, original series co-creator Rob Tapert and exec producer Sam Raimi are also attached to the reboot. Raimi has been having some fun on the small screen with Ash vs. Evil Dead over at Starz as of late, and it seems he wants to dip back into the intellectual property mine for one more go-round.
What do you think? Do we need a new Xena?