It’s been a decade since ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ made the ultimate heroic sacrifice, but NBC plans to resurrect her with a reboot. One eternal question remains: what about the original ‘Xena’ herself, Lucy Lawless?
Talks of a ‘Xena’ reboot was first heard by The Hollywood Reporter, but Lucy tweeted it as a rumor. Today, the actress broke her silence at the Television Critics Association (TCA) about the ‘possibility’ of her signing on to the project with husband Robert Tapert, the creator of ‘Xena’, and Sam Raimi, who co-executive produced the medieval action-fantasy favorite alongside Tapert.
‘If there’s anything current going on, we’re not involved — we being me, Rob, Sam’ Lucy stated to Entertainment Weekly (EW). ‘But they could be doing it without is. They have the right it, don’t they? But we are not. I’d love to see it happen and I know that NBC wants to do it, but they’re just trying to find a way and a time.’
NBC is seeking a potential 2016 airdate for their ‘Xena’ reboot — probably as an appetizer to get fans ready to see Gal Gadot as the original warrior princess: Wonder Woman in ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’.
Lucy Lawless is 47 years old: the same age Kiefer Sutherland was when the Emmy winner ‘Live Another Day’ in saving the world as anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer in last summer’s reboot of FOX’s ’24’. Like Kiefer and ’24’, Lucy doesn’t see herself coming back as ‘Xena’ for a weekly series. However, at the TCA, she said she would like to reprise the iconic role in a two-hour television movie: an idea she first revealed to Den of Geek at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
‘I would love to do a reboot getting Xena, Gabrielle [Renee O’Connor], Autolycus [Bruce Campbell] and Joxer [Ted Raimi] back together, get that crew back together to solve some ridiculous problem’ she continued.
For now, Lucy has already reunited with two ‘crew’ members from her days as ‘Xena’: co-starring with Campbell in STARZ’s upcoming ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’, and let’s not forget the photo on Lucy’s Instagram page with ‘gal’ pal O’Connor.
‘I think that the friendship is what people want’ Lucy comments on the Xena/Gabrielle (romantic?) relationship. ‘Whenever they reboot it, they have to get two women who really like and respect [each other] and have a strong chemistry to carry that mantle.’