Gladiator Meets Fury Road: The Xena Reboot That Could Have Been

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Xena reboot Gabrielle romance kiss pilot Javier Grillo-Marxuach

In 2015, TV writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (LostThe 100The Middlemanwas tapped to write the pilot for NBC’s reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess. He would serve as an executive producer alongside original series co-creator Rob Tapert and EP Sam Raimi to develop not a revival, but a retelling of Xena and Gabrielle’s adventures. In 2017, Grillo-Marxuach left the project, citing “insurmountable creative differences,” and the reboot was effectively shelved.

The most prominent detail during the 18 months that Grillo-Marxuach was attached to the project was the implication that he would have explored Xena and Gabrielle’s romantic relationship in a more overt way. Not much else is known about his take on the series—until recently, when Grillo-Marxuach was a guest on the Xena Warrior Business podcast and laid out his season-long plan for the reboot.

While ostensibly the Xena Warrior Business episode was supposed to revisit ...