Xena: Warrior Princess is reportedly getting a reboot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, negotiations are in the very early stages to bring the beloved show back next year. Unfortunately, sources claim the project is moving ahead without Lucy Lawless as the titular hero.
“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,” The Hollywood Reporter said.
Originally started as a spinoff from Hercules, Xena: Warrior Princess ran for six seasons starting in 1995. It was eventually canceled in 2001, but not before becoming a pop culture phenomenon. It appears there’s still value in the character, as producers are hoping to bring the show back as an ongoing series, and not merely a limited run.
There’s a chance Lawless could appear in the show, just not as the titular character. Considering how much fans love the show, it would be difficult to bring Xena back without Lawless’ involvement; she’s only 47, and could still easily play the character. For her part, Lawless recently said she’s been pitching the reboot for years.
There are a number of ways they could bring the character back; it would just take a little creativity. Xena isn’t the only show with renewed interest; X-Files is returning to TV next year, while 24, Pee-wee Herman, Arrested Development, and more have been part of ongoing revivals.