NBC’s planned remake of popular syndicated action-adventure series Xena: Warrior Princess has taken a step forward with a Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo - Day 2writer hire. Lost alum Javier Grillo-Marxuach has been tapped to pen the project, which henbc logo will executive produce with the original series’ executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi. So far, there is no involvement by Lucy Lawless, who toplined the 1995-2001 series, though NBC brass had been open to having her on board in some capacity.

Underscoring NBCUniversal’s hopes to capitalize on the property’s global appeal, the new series is being produced by NBC’s international production unit NBC International Television Studios, headed by Michael Edelstein and JoAnn Alfano.

Grillo-Marxuach (The 100) recently sold ABC drama project Black Stilleto with Mila Kunis executive producing. He is repped by ICM Partners and Jackoway Tyerman.