NBC Confirms the Rumored 'Xena' Reboot and Lucy Lawless Reacts
"Xena: Warrior Princess" is definitely getting a makeover!
NBC confirmed that it is moving forward with a reboot of the cult fave fantasy action series. "Yes, we're in the early stages of developing a new take on 'Xena' and we're looking for a writer. We want to do it," NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told The Hollywood Reporter.
There's been some back and forth on a possible new "Xena," with original series star Lucy Lawlesstweeting that all the talk was just rumor. Now, it seems plans are solidifying, as NBC develops the project with producers Robert Tapert (Lawless's husband) and Sam Raimi.
As THR notes, the new Xena would combine the "charisma and charm of Lawless and the smarts of 'The Hunger Games' Katniss," but the exact direction of the character and series would be up to the writer.
As for how Lawless might figure into the new series, which is targeted for 2016, Greenblatt said, "We'd love to have Lucy be a part of it — if we felt that her presence didn't overshadow the direction we take with it. I'm not sure how she could be part of it if she wasn't playing Xena, and I don't know if that's a direction we'll ever go."
Lawless herself didn't weigh in on her involvement, but did commend the fans for stoking the "Xena" fire:
If a #Xena reboot gets made, it's because the fans are beautiful, hardcore nutballs who want what they want.
— Lucy Lawless (@RealLucyLawless) August 13, 2015
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