For the past few months, fans of the show Xena: Warrior Princess have been flipping out about the prospect of a reboot for the series. Well, the reboot is happening, whether we like it or not, and today brings us more news about what that might look like. Original creators and producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi are returning to produce through their production company Ghost House Pictures along with NBC International Television Studios. Other than that, not much new information about the show is known, but today’s announcement of its new writer should have fans super pumped! And the new writer is…
This guy! What, you don’t know who that is? Okay. Well, that’s Javier Grillo-Marxuach. He has a lot of experience writing for television on shows like Charmed, Seaquest DSV, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and, perhaps his most exciting writing credit, the first two seasons of Lost. You know, the seasons that were so good they caused us to willingly trudge through the other four. Vanity Fair reports his hiring; and having a strong, experienced writer like Grillo-Marxuach aboard is a good sign for everybody.
Aside from Tapert and Raimi returning to reboot their show, it’s not clear if any of the other cast or crew will be involved. We do know that the main characters will be recast. Neither Lucy Lawless nor Renee O’Connor will be returning to their roles. Lawless has stated that at 47, she would be too old to return to the character, because as we all know a woman’s 47 is a man’s 90 in Hollywood years. Besides, she’s too busy kicking butt on other shows, most recently another collaboration with Tapert (who is also her husband) and Raimi (who is not), Ash vs. Evil Dead on Starz.
However it all ends up shaking out, we should all be excited that this cultural icon of the late 90s is returning to us. Xena had a huge impact, not the least of which was for lesbians, for whom little entertainment was created at the time (not to say that a whole lot is today; just a little more). Even though the cast and crew of Xena have said that a romantic relationship was never intentional while they were creating the show…
(we’ll just leave this right here), the fact remains that Xena was and is a very special show for many women. Let’s hope the reboot delivers everything that the original did and more!
What do you think about a Xena reboot? What do you think should be changed or remain the same from the original series?