The XENA Series Reboot Was Happening, Then It Wasn't, But Now It Is...Is It?

If you watched television a lot and grew up in the 90's, there's a good chance that co-star of Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming STARZ series horror reboot, Ash VS. The Evil Dead, Kiwi actress Lucy Lawless came under your radar then. Playing the landmark television title role for the hit series, Xena: Warrior Princess, Lawless was integral in establishing a female presence in action entertainment as an original villainess/anti-hero in an epic story that culminated Greek mythology with a worldly scope of fantasy, action and spiritualism.

The series was created and developed by Renaissance Pictures executives Robert Tapert and Sam Raimi at the time, in the company of R. J. Stewart and John Schulian with Lawless appearing opposite actor Kevin Sorbo in his own series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Eventually, Xena: Warrior Princess found its audience 1995 and became an Emmy award-winning hit on the small screen throughout its run until the Fall season of 2001.

As it stands, you can safely say there have been endless conversations among fans in favor of the series returning in some capacity, and even Lawless herself engaged a conversation with Den Of Geek (via Comic Book) recently about potentially crowdsourcing it. Personally, I've hoped for a feature film expansion as epic as Lord Of The Rings, although obviously that's not how things would pan out, although fast forward to fourteen years later where a few of the trades began reporting this week about the possibility of NBC bringing the Amazonian avenger back for a modern reboot geared toward today's audiences.

Of course, that was enough to stir the hype and fandom pot stew and get people enthralled with the possibility of seeing Lawless in a role that would nonetheless assure her a place on said new show provided that this news wasn't all bullshit. Alas, it was Lawless herself who tweeted her disbelief Monday evening about the rebooted series as a rumor, citing it as "wishful thinking", although an update from JoBlo assures that NBC and NBC Universal are, in fact, working out the kinks with Tapert and Raimi back to produce.

As confusing as this all feels on its face, it looks like this appears to be happening. As for any role Lawless herself may play in the show's rebooted revival, your guess is as good as mine at this point.

For now, let's just hope this update is one I can continue to build off of, lest this is all just more bunk impluring folks like me to go back and write another tedious article that will disappoint fans of the original show. I confess, as silly as it sounds, sometimes it does get emotional.

H/T: JoBlo


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