In the land of the remakes, the one with the original creator’s support is king… I’m sorry, that was terrible. Anyway, there is going to be a Xena remake. However, as my horrible opening suggests, this remake has garnered the support of both Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, the producers of the original series.
For those who are unaware, Xena was a TV series inspired by Greek mythology and filtered through a tongue-in-cheek blend of action and slapstick. The series starred Lucy Lawless as the titular Xena, alongside a cavalcade of the Raimi regulars, including Bruce Campbell (from time to time).
The announcement was made recently that the writer that will supervise this remake is Lost’s Javier Grillo-Marxuach. Other than this, very little is known about the series, though we do know that it will not be a continuation of the original series, based on an interview with NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. In this interview, Greenblatt stated, “I think it’s a great character, and we should try to figure out how to revive it somehow.”
Overall, I was a fan of the Hercules/Xena shows when I was younger, so I would be interested to see a return to the concepts. Here’s hoping that with Raimi’s guiding hand, this series can be as entertaining as it once was.