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NBC’s reboot of the popular syndicated action drama Xena the Warrior Princess has progressed even further with the recent hire of writer, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Grillo-Marxuach, formerly from Lost, will also executive produce with Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi. No word yet if original star Lucy Lawless, currently on Ash and the Evil Dead, will have any involvement in the series.
Sources say that there is a heavy talent search underway for a new, modern Xena. Producers are looking for a lead actress who carries the charisma and charm of Lucy Lawless, and the instincts of Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen. The reboot is being eyed for a 2016 debut. Xena the Warrior Princess was a cult and ratings hit, ranking in the top five syndicated programs during each of its six seasons.
Series reboots from successful original projects seem to be in high demand as broadcast and cable networks look back to proven hits with strong fan bases in order to standout in an increasingly competitive broadcast environment. The X-Files will be back on Fox in January, and the broadcaster is planning to produce another run of Prison Break after a successful reboot of 24. CBS will also debut their television adaption of the Rush Hour movies in the mid-season of 2016.