Xena Reboot in the Works, But Without Lucy Lawless as the Title Character?

21 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Is in the Works.

Xena: Warrior Princess could return to television next year. The popular show, which aired from 1995 to 2001, will be returning as a ‘modern reboot’ with NBC and NBC Universal International currently looking for a writer.From “Fatal Attraction” to “Prison Break” to “The X-Files” to “Fuller House,” everyone is interested these days in bringing back some of your favorite shows.Though it’s been 14 years since the last new episode of “Xena: Warrior Princess” aired in 2001, star Lucy Lawless is still championing the show’s return.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, original executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi are on board for the project, which is still in the very early stages of development. Earlier this morning, we reported that Lawless sounds quite enthusiastic about bringing back the warrior princess, even stating her intention to defy (TV) death to bring back the character. But the actress herself would be interested, telling Den of Geek in a recent interview at Comic-Con that she’d be up to play Xena again in a television movie. “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?’” “There’s a swell of interest still,” she said, before saying she’d approve of further Xena stories – “Middle-aged Xena in a moo-moo, with a bad attitude and a smoking habit” – much in the way she’s co-starring in the Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead.

It’s like video games; you need to make a lot of money in order to be considered a success, and sometimes that means that you lean on established properties. The Xena reboot is being eyed for 2016, and, unlike Fox’s upcoming X-Files limited series, is being planned as a regular (renewable) series, because Saturday afternoons haven’t been the same since Xena went off the air. This is especially true right now when it comes to network TV shows. “Empire” and “How to Get Away with Murder” were the only two commercial smash hits from the Big Four last season, and they both at least came from huge producers. More and more, audiences have been watching scripted programming on delay, prompting many cable networks to hold off on bragging about numbers until weeks after premieres. Reportedly, the producers are looking for “a sophisticated and smart superhero for a new generation.” While we might guess that Lawless won’t star in the reboot, the trade does say that she is expected to have a role on the show, both on camera and behind the scenes.

Given how Tapert and Raimi tend to keep things in their extended production family, a Xena reboot without Lawless as a producer would be a surprise. (There is some question about whether Raimi and Tapert are really the ones pushing this forward, or if they are merely involved.) We know that Lawless has wanted Xena to come back to TV; at Comic Con she told HitFix “I don’t know what the holdup is… Don’t waste this opportunity. Reinvigorate that franchise…They’re fools not to bring it back.” She’s been pushing that return, however it might happen: I’m pitching my ass off to make it happen, whether it’s with me or not. We definitely think that it is a good thing to get another powerful woman at the front of a TV show who kicks butt; it is also a trend at the moment in between “Supergirl” and shows like “Empire” who have a super-strong female character at the front of most of the drama. 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.” A whole new generation needs . Share now with a comment, and head over here to get some other TV news on just about all we cover, courtesy of our CarterMatt Newsletter. (Photo: NBC.)

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