Javier Grillo-Marxuach to executive produce and write new version of Lucy Lawless classic
NBC is rebooting “Xena: Warrior Princess” and has hired “Lost” writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach to executive produce.
The series, which originally aired from 1995-2001, focused on the titular warrior princess (Lucy Lawless) seeking redemption for past atrocities by using her fighting skills to defend the weak and innocent. Lawless, however, has not been confirmed for the reboot.
Executive producers for the new series are also Rob Tapert (the original co-creator of “Xena”) and Sam Raimi for their company Ghost House Pictures in association with NBC International Television Studios.
Xena originally began as a character on “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” starring Kevin Sorbo. She was to be killed off after a few episodes, but she proved so popular with fans that she was spun off into her own show. The show proved incredibly popular, ranking among the top five syndicated cable shows during each of its seasons.
“Xena” was created by John Schulian and Tapert and produced by Tapert, Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell‘s Renaissance Pictures, Universal Television, Studios USA.
Aside from “Lost,” Grillo-Marxuach’s other TV credits include “Helix” and “Charlie’s Angels” and he is currently on The CW’s “The 100.” He is represented by ICM.