Modern ‘Xena’ Reboot in Development at NBC, Because NBC
You may have seen word strewn about recently that former Xena star Lucy Lawless had in mind to pitch a revival of the classic Warrior Princess drama, and NBC, being NBC, may have beaten her to it. A new report suggests NBC has begun development of a “modern” Xena reboot with a Hunger Games flair, and at least some of the original talent involved.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has begun searching for a writer on its “modern reboot” of the Hercules spinoff, which would potentially also involve original executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi. For the moment at least, Lucy Lawless herself isn’t known to have any official involvement, though insiders reportedly want the original star to have both an onscreen role and behind-the-scenes input on the 2016 series.
Envisioned more as a reboot than a straight revival (read: more “renewable” than an event series), the updated Xena also has in mind a more modern lead:
Sources say the new Xena would have to have 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.
Spun off from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, the original Xena ran for six seasons from 1995 to 2001, following the redeemed Amazon warrior princess with her trusty sidekick / companion (or more, depending on your fan-fiction) Gabrielle, played by Renee O’Connor. Lawless also reunited with Tapert and Raimi for Starz’s upcoming Ash Vs. Evil Dead, Comic-Con promotion of which saw her telling HitFix of continued interest in a revival.
It isn’t a tremendous amount to go on just yet, but would a “modern” Xena reboot capture the same charm of the original? What role should Lucy Lawless take opposite our new Katniss-style lead?