There have been whispers since San Diego Comic Con about a possible reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess. The rumors have even reached its main star, Lucy Lawless, but how feasible is it that the cult classic show with a lesbian following will be back?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC and NBC Universal International are preparing a reboot. Sources said that original producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi were attached, but it’s so early in the development process that NBC is still looking for writers.
It’s uncertain if a Xena reboot would be a limited-run miniseries or a full multi-season show. If the series does return, it could be as soon as 2016—twenty years after the beginning of the original Xena series.
Lucy Lawless, who played Xena, talked to HitFix while she was at Comic Con promoting Ash vs. the Evil Dead. She said, “I’ve been pitching that show…[because]there’s a swell of interest still. I’m always being peppered with questions [about]when the Xena movie is coming.
“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.”
The Hollywood Reporter theorized that NBC might be looking for something to fill the slot after Grimm on Friday nights. The last title to occupy that slot was Constantine, and the plug was pulled on that show in early June.
Shortly after the news broke of a possible Xena reboot, Lucy Lawless tweeted that it was just a rumor, according to Geek.com. However, the site also reported that NBC is actually talking about doing the reboot; it’s likely that right now they are in the pilot pitch phase of the project, and it’s possible that the show could actually come back. It’s just too early to tell.
As of right now, it does look like a reboot is in development, even if whether or not it will come to fruition is still left to be seen. All fans can really do is wait and see.