If NBC gets a go on Xena: Warrior Princess, comic writer Genevieve Valentine and writer-producer Javier Grillo-Marxauch said the show will be different than the episodes that ran from 1995 to 2001.
“One big thing is that we are telling a much more serialized story than the show ever tackled,” Grillo-Marxuach told io9. “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.”
The warrior princesses iconic costumes will be different as well.
“A great deal of the appeal of the show lies in certain pulpy elements – like Gabrielle’s bare midriff, Xena’s leather miniskirt, Callisto’s amazing and gravity-defying…well, you get it,” he said. “And it’s hard for me in the post-Brienne of Tarth era to reconcile with the idea that Xena and her friends can meet every challenge in such skimpy outfits. I think we are going to have some very lengthy discussions about how to bring those elements into the present day without missing the boat on what makes Xena exactly what she is; and how to have our cake and eat it too.”
Many have also commented on the fact that Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor will not be returning as Xena and Gabrielle.
While Grillo-Marxuach said that he loves seeing shows like The X-Files and Star Wars come back with the original cast, he also loved seeing them with a totally different cast as well.
“I want for Xena to be a cultural icon for longer than my tenure in the entertainment industry, or that of anyone else involved with the project,” he said. “If, in some far future, people assume that Xena is a character from the greek mythological pantheon alongside Hercules, and that’s why so many people have played her over so many years? That right there would be a success.”
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