Xena Reboot Finds a Writer

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Javier Grillo-Marxuach, best known for his work on ABC’s Lost, has joined the planned reboot of Xena, Warrior Princess as a writer/producer, EW reports.

Grillo-Marxuach also worked on Helix and Medium, making him a seemingly-obvious choice for NBC to tap with the new Xena, given his genre credits.

The reboot, which will reportedly not star original series star Lucy Lawless, is being developed by original co-creator Rob Tapert along with Sam Raimi for their company Ghost House Pictures in association with NBC International Television Studios.

Tapert, of course, is Lawless's husband, so reports that she would be opposed to any reboot that she wasn't part of may turn out to be exaggerated.

There's no official date for the planned revival, although it seems likely NBC will shoot to have it on the airwaves for the Fall 2016 season in September or October. Their last big-budget, licensed genre property was Constantine, which ended last year after one season amid fan outcry. Heroes Reborn came along this year with similar expectations and a big budget, but was a planned miniseries.