Just a few weeks ago, actress Lucy Lawless told Den of Geek how much she would love to see “Xena: Warrior Princess” getting revived on television. In fact, she made no secret of how much she would love to be involved in making that happen.
“I’ve been pitching that, actually,” Lawless said. “The fans really do want that, and I’ve met some people who’ve crowdfunded some things, and I’m just like, ‘Why don’t we just do that?’”
And then suddenly, The Hollywood Reporter learns that there are talks between producers in NBC and NBC Universal International about the possibility of developing “Xena: Warrior Princess” as a television series again.
The plan is to do what is being called a “modern reboot” with original show executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi reportedly already working behind scenes. Right now, the producers and NBC seem to be in search of a perfect writer to work on the action-adventure drama reboot. Moreover, the show is reportedly in the very early stages of production.
Meanwhile, during the recent Comic-Con, Lawless – who was promoting “Ash vs. Evil Dead” – told HitFix, “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.”
Moreover, Lawless also believes that the what’s keeping the show from getting back on the air actually has something to do with the show’s rights. She said, “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.”
The original “Xena” was actually produced by Studios USA along with international producers Universal Worldwide Television. Meanwhile, it was distributed by Universal Television.
Meanwhile, as word about production for “Xena: Warrior Princess” spread, Lawless took to Twitter to say that everything may just be a rumor.
Sorry, friends! news of a #Xena reboot is just a rumor. I'd love it to happen one day but it's still in the wishful thinking stage.
— Lucy Lawless (@RealLucyLawless) July 20, 2015
At the same time, The Hollywood Reporter also says that NBC is slating the “Xena: Warrior Princess” for a 2016 release and insiders would want nothing more than to have Lawless work on the show on and off the screen. Moreover, they are also hoping the reboot would become an ongoing series, although they are yet to ascertain if the show would get a 13-episode or a full-season order.
In case you don’t remember, the original “Xena: Warrior Princess” ended with Xena getting beheaded. However, Lawless does not see this as an obstacle. She told Den of Geek, “So what? Technicality! No one really dies! Screw her head back on, it’s a bit wonky, and she’s got a really bad attitude since she’s been in a box for 20 years, so they’ve got to get Xena’s mojo back, and go and save the world somehow.”