Last night, reports were flying around the internet that Lucy Lawless was on a quest to deliver unto us -- the poor, warrior princess-starved commoners of modern times -- a new, fresh reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess. But what are our chances of seeing it come true?
Following Lawless' admission that she's been pitching the idea to studios for months, The Hollywood Reporter has now backed up her wishes with a claim that a reboot for Xena: Warrior Princess is in development, with original series executive producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert at the helm once more. Currently, producers are in search of a writer to bring the series to live on NBC.
Eyed for 2016, the series will act as a "modern reboot" to the '90s classic, and while Lawless is completely on board for it, there are no specifications as to how she might be involved in the show. Given that she's been part of pitching it, though, I have a feeling that we'll see her somehow. Lawless' passion for the Xena fandom and the series itself was on full display at Comic-Con:
"I don't know what the hold-up is; it's about who has got the rights. But that's a piss-poor excuse anymore. Find who has got the rights, freakin' pay it. It's better to have 80 percent of something than 100 percent of nothing. Don't waste this opportunity; reinvigorate that franchise!"
In the face of cancellations along the lines of Constantine, Crossbones, and Dracula, some fans might rationally worry that Xena may not make it to Season 2. But when has "rationality" ever stopped the high-stakes Warrior Princess? The question now, if the series does make it past the pilot, is this: where, exactly, does Lucy Lawless fit into this -- especially after that crazy final episode?