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NBC’s ‘Xena’ Revival Taps ‘Lost’ Alum as Series Writer

NBC’s much-hyped “Xena: Warrior Princess” revival has found its writer in “Lost” alum Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Variety has learned.

Grillo-Marxuach will also serve as an exec producer on the project, which is still in the development stages.

Exec producers also include original series co-creator Rob Tapert and exec producer Sam Raimi via their Ghost House Pictures shingle in association with NBC International Television Studios.

While no casting details have been announced, original “Xena” actors Lucy Lawless and Bruce Campbell fielded questions about the potential revival at last summer’s Television Critics Assoc. panel for their Starz series, “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” That project also counts Raimi and Tapert among its producers.

“You know what’s great, though? Right at that moment, I was offered a three-episode arc on the new reboot as the older Autolycus,” Campbell joked then, referencing the name of his “Xena” character, who was the king of thieves. “They come to me. They need my help to catch another thief. I’ve got it all figured out. This is going to be awesome. So if it gets rebooted …”

Grillo-Marxuach is repped by ICM Partners and Jackoway Tyerman.

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