Nearly 20 years after its first premiere, a revival of the action-adventure TV series “Xena: Warrior Princess” may be coming soon.
The Hollywood Reporter says NBC and NBC Universal International are working on the hit series’ revival. But the source claimed that the action-adventure drama is still in its early development stages and still searching for a writer. According to the exclusive report, the “modern reboot” would involve the original cast and crew such as executive producers Rob Taper and Sam Raimi. The team aims to air the show in 2016 with the on-screen participation of original star, Lucy Lawless.
If successful, the new “Xena” will have 13 episodes for its first season. Sources added that the main character will be modern and sophisticated – Lawless’ charm combined with wit from “The Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen.
As for the original star, Lawless has been vocal about her willingness to reboot the show. At the recent Comic-Con, the 47-year-old actress told HitFlix, “I've been pitching that show … because … there's a swell of interest still," she said. "I'm always being peppered with questions [about] when the ‘Xena’ movie is coming. Guys, I'm pitching my a-- 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.” Reports say that the actress also wanted to play her character again, even though Xena died in the original series finale.
Meanwhile, recent updates from E! Online claim that the project might not include Lawless as the title character. Lawless herself recently tweeted, “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.” Hopefully, more updates will clear up all the speculation soon.
“Xena: Warrior Princess” was a spinoff series of Kevin Sorbo’s “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.” The original series lasted for six years, from 1995-2001.