Lucy Lawless Denies Reports Of ‘Xena: The Warrior Princess’ Reboot, But Says She’d Return To The Role
Lucy Lawless denies reports of a Xena: The Warrior Princess reboot, but expresses interest in returning to the role.
Lucy Lawless Says Xena Reboot Is “Just A Rumor”
According to a new report, NBC Universal along with Xena executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi are currently working on developing a “modern reboot” of the fantasy series that aired from 1995 to 2001. What this “modern reboot” entails is unclear, and the team is reportedly looking for a writer, so the reboot is far from a sure thing. After news of the possible reboot broke, many fans of the beloved show took to Twitter to express hopes for a reboot, most of which included bringing back stars Lawless, who played the title character, and Renée O’Connor, who played Xena’s counterpart, Gabrielle.
Lawless took to twitter to dispel any reports that she has signed on to a possible reboot, calling reports of a Xena reboot “just a rumor.”
Sorry, friends! news of a #Xena reboot is just a rumor. I’d love it to happen one day but it’s still in the wishful thinking stage.
— Lucy Lawless (@RealLucyLawless) July 20, 2015
Lucy Lawless Would Reprise Her Xena Role
That said, Lawless has been very vocal about her desire to return to the kick ass role that put her on the map. In fact, during a recent Comic-Con appearance, Lawless revealed she would be interested in reviving Xena for a special, two-hour television movie. “I’ve been pitching that, actually. The fans really do want that, and I’ve met some people who’ve crowdfunded some things, and I’m just like, ‘Why don’t we just do that?’” she said in an interview with Den of Geeks.
— XenaMovieGo (@XenaMovieGo) July 20, 2015
— XenaMovieGo (@XenaMovieGo) July 21, 2015
Lawless added that the only thing standing in her way was the issue of owning the rights to Xena, saying she’d like to get the original creative team back together if they could secure the rights. When asked about another potential obstacle: the fact that Xena was killed in the final episode of the series, Lawless laughed it off.
“So what? Technicality! No one really dies! Screw her head back on, it’s a bit wonky, and she’s got a really bad attitude since she’s been in a box for 20 years, so they’ve got to get Xena’s mojo back, and go and save the world somehow,” Lawless said.
Meanwhile, fans can catch Lawless in a different revival. The actress will co-star in the Ash vs. Evil Dead reboot to air on Starz opposite Bruce Campbell.