UPDATE: Brace yourself – the Xena: Warrior Princess reboot stoy has flip-flopped once again. It’s now definitely, 100%, in active development at NBC.
Bob Greenblatt – the big cheese over at NBC – said this at a swanky American press event: “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.”
“I don’t think it’s just a continuation, but we haven’t gotten that far,” he added, suggesting that the new series will probably be a reboot rather than a follow-up.
“I think it’s a great character, and we should try to figure out how to revive it somehow […] there is a deal with Sam [Raimi] and Rob Tapert to produce, and it’s with NBC International.”
So, the original show’s producers are back, but what about the star?
“We’d love to have Lucy [Lawless] be a part of it — if we felt that her presence didn’t overshadow the direction we take with it,” mentioned Greenblatt. “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.”
So there you have it folks. All signs are pointing towards a new Xena series with a new Xena actress. We hope they find space for Lawless, though.
And here’s our previous update (now out of date), where Lucy Lawless shut down the rumours about the new series…
The news of a Xena reboot had been on our site for less than an hour before someone pointed out a rather important fact – it isn’t true.
Sorry for perpetuating the lies, Lucy Lawless. Can we still be friends?
If the idea of bringing back Xena: Warrior Princess resurfaces in a more legitimate way, we’ll let you know.
Here’s our original story, for posterity’s sake…
There’s no shortage of heroic TV properties at the moment. And there’s hardly a lack of re-imaginings and reboots in the televisual realm either. Now, we’ve another projects to add to both lists – Xena: Warrior Princess.
Lucy Lawless had already told our chums at Den Of Geek US that she had been pitching a new Xena (you can read their story right here). And now it looks like there’s been progress!
Yep, NBC has decided to something with the rights to the property that have been lying around since the Lucy Lawless-starring series wrapped up in 2001. As you may already know, the original series was a spin-off from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. There’s no word on whether Hercules will get his own series this time, or if he’ll appear in Xena’s new adventures.
What we do know is that the series’ original creator Rob Tapert and executive producer Sam Raimi are both involved with the new show, which has been described as a ‘modern reboot.’
The new Xena will apparently require “the charisma and charm of Lawless and the smarts of The Hunger Games‘ Katniss as producers are said to be looking for a sophisticated and smart superhero for a new generation.”
There’s no word on a timeframe for this one, but seeing as Raimi and Tapert are both working on Ash Vs. Evil Dead right now, we’d say it’ll be a while before we hear anything about casting decisions or pilot production. We could be wrong, though.
More when we hear it.
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