Yes you heard right.
NBC the Network, which seems to have had a fair bit of success by rebooting successful properties is looking to re-imagine ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’. Which was perhaps the most successful fantasy series of the 1990s.
As you all know the series starred Lucy Lawless and pretty much established her as an overnight star when the show spun-off from ‘Hercules: The Legendary Journeys’.
Reports have revealed that NBC Universal are in search of a writer with the necessary credentials to reboot the property and make it relevant for today’s audiences.
The original series was developed by executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi in the days before Raimi did Spider-Man and Tapert developed ‘Spartacus’.
According to Hollywood Reporter both Tapert and Raimi will have some involvement with the reboot, which given their past track record can only be a good thing. Insiders have revealed that NBC would like Lucy Lawless to return for a role in front and behind the cameras.
The drama is eyed for 2016. It’s too early to know if Xena 2.0 would be a limited 13-episode run similar to Fox’s revived 24 or a more standard full-season order. Insiders say the hope is for the new Xena to be an ongoing (read renewable) series.
NBC will be looking for an actress that can channel the charisma that Lawless brought to the role, but with the added smarts of ‘Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen.
Xena was created by John Schulian and Tapert — Lawless’ husband — and produced by Tapert, Sam Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell‘s Renaissance Pictures, Studios USA and Universal Television, the latter of whom distributed the series in more than 108 countries around the globe. The drama was a cult favorite and ratings hit, ranking in the top five syndicated programs during each of its six seasons.
An extension of the Xena franchise comes as Lawless recently signed on to co-star in Starz’s ‘Evil Dead’ sequel ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead,’ reuniting her with Xena — and Spartacus — alums Raimi and Tapert.
For her part, Lawless recently told HitFix at Comic-Con — where she was supporting Ash — that “they’ve got to bring [Xena] back.”
“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 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.”
“I don’t know what the hold-up is; it’s about who has got the rights,” she added. “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!” she said, stressing the show’s international appeal. It’s an insane international character. They’re fools not to bring it back. It’s funny, it’s sexy, it’s action.”
Lawless has also said that she’d love to play Xena again despite the fact that she died in the series finale.
For NBC a reboot of ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ would prove a perfect companion piece for its regular Friday night hit series ‘Grimm’, which has been pretty consistent for the Network.
What this space for further news about this as and when it comes in.