Keeping in form with the recent onslaught of reboots, remakes, and continuations of every possible property to come out of the past few decades, NBC and NBC Universal International are reportedly working on a new possible reboot of the beloved 1990s series, Xena: Warrior Princess. The show was a spin-off of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, after audiences reacted particularly well to the Xena character (portrayed by Lucy Lawless), and managed to run for six seasons starting in 1995. It concluded in 2001.
According to a new report by THR, the series will be a “modern reboot” with creator/writer/director Rob Tapert and executive producer Sam Raimi apparently looking for a new Xena with the “charisma and charm of Lawless and the smarts of The Hunger Games‘ Katniss,” with the producers reportedly hoping to create a sophisticated and smart superhero capable of taking on this heavy mantle. It is unknown at this point if Lucy Lawless will have any role in the new series.
However, the actress has been very vocal over the years about her passion to play the character again and bring the universe back to life onscreen and recently said the following about a possible revival to HitFix at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con:
I’ve been pitching that show … because … there’s a swell of interest still. I’m always being peppered with questions [about] when the Xena movie is coming. Guys, I’m pitching my ass off to make it happen, whether it’s with me or not. I think it’d be funny to have a reboot like Ash vs. Evil Dead — like middle-aged Xena in a muumuu with a bad attitude and a smoking habit. … Bring [actor] Ted Raimi [who played Joxer] in … [and maybe] Bruce Campbell.
I don’t know what the hold-up is; it’s about who has got the rights. But that’s a piss-poor excuse anymore. Find who has got the rights, freakin’ pay it. It’s better to have 80 percent of something than 100 percent of nothing. Don’t waste this opportunity; reinvigorate that franchise! It’s an insane international character. They’re fools not to bring it back. It’s funny, it’s sexy, it’s action.
It’s unknown if the new reboot would be a 10 or 13-episode miniseries revival like the new X-Files run, but it is implied that the producers are hoping to make the Xena reboot an ongoing and renewable series, with insiders apparently hoping for a 2016 premiere. Whether or not Lawless would return doesn’t look to be the producers’ primary concern at the moment, and considering how her character went out in the series finale, it might be difficult to bring her back at all.
Right now, the series is still in the early planning stages of development, so it’s entirely possible nothing will come of this and it won’t even make it to the pilot stage, let alone actually premiering on television. However, it looks like Xena fans may finally be getting more from their beloved property after all, even if it’s in a different package than they may have expected.
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