“Xena Reboot Showrunner on Skimpy Costumes and Recasting”

“We haven’t heard much on the planned Xena: Warrior Princess reboot since Lost writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach joined as the writer and executive producer, alongside Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi. But now, a new interview with Grillo-Marxuach has revealed quite a bit of behind-the-scenes details as to the development of the rebooted series.

In an iO9 interview between the “Xena” comics writer Genevieve Valentine and the new showrunner Grillo-Marxuach, a lot of new information about the reimagined TV show emerged. There’s a lot to unpack from the discussion, so we’ve pulled a few choice quotes that should interest new and returning fans of the Warrior Princess alike. If you want to know what the plans are for the show’s format, costuming, and cast, then you’re in for a treat.

While the previous iteration of the show was episodic in nature with self-contained stories told in each hour, it looks like the new version will have a more serialized plan, according to Grillo-Marxuach:

“One big thing is that we are telling a much more serialized story than the show ever tackled. So formally we are already treading some very different ground – and while the characters will occupy roughly the same thematic spaces they did in the original, some of their backstories will be changed, and some of their morality will be tweaked so that we can tell a long-arcing story in which every episode leads directly into the next. It’s a delicate balancing act…”



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