Check Out the Script For the Pilot of the Canned Xena Reboot

Xena, warrior of the scary disc things.
Xena, warrior of the scary disc things.
Image: NBC

Xena, brilliant warrior, princess, hero, and one more cancelled reboot.

But now, thanks to Xena Movie Campaign, a Facebook fan group, with the blessing of Javier Grillo-Marxuach, who wrote it, the unused script for the pilot episode of an attempted 2016 reboot of Xena is now available to read online.


The script, which retells an origin story for the heroine, makes some changes to the original, most notably turning Hercules, a good guy in the original series, into a villain. Which, I mean, fair. Hercules, mythologically speaking, wasn’t exactly a peach of a dude.

Xena fans, check this out and tell me what you think! I’m by no means an expert, so I’d be fascinated to hear how this aborted taken on the show does or does not live up to its legacy.

io9 Weekend Editor. Videogame writer at other places. Queer nerd girl.


Thanks for sharing, Julie! I run Xena Movie Campaign and shared the leaked script.

As I understand it, the reboot was canceled because Rob Tapert, co-creator of Xena and husband to Lucy Lawless, changed his mind about doing one. “You can’t catch lightning in a bottle twice,” he said at a recent con appearance (I’m paraphrasing).

I was part of the third of Xenites (the name for those active in the Xena fanbase) who supported a reboot. We all want to see Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor reprise their roles as Xena and Gabrielle, and I was of the opinion a reboot would bring new interest to the original series and cast. The majority of the fandom wants a revival with the original cast or nothing at all.

I know Grillo-Marxuach’s script will never be produced, and it is a shame, because he respected the characters and the fandom. Even after receiving threats from fans who harassed him and his wife, Grillo-Marxuach was committed to earning our respect. He never acted like fans owed him anything. And he was in favor of a woman of color playing Xena.

Young people today need a queer icon like Xena.