When news broke a few months back that Evil Dead partners-in-crime Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert (Lucy Lawless’ hubby) had signed on the dotted line to allow NBC to develop a Xena: Warrior Princess reboot, the Internet broke.
While doing the press rounds for Ash vs Evil Dead premiering tomorrow night on Starz, Lawless (who plays a character named Ruby) sat down for a chat with the good folks over at Spinoff Online, where the interview ended with talk of (what else?) Xena.
About the upcoming reboot, Lawless replied she’d heard about it but she didn’t know “where that’s at.” (Oh, and Rob Tapert was apparently fishing somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean during this interview, FYI.)
When asked if she had her druthers about the series if she'd be the one playing the character again, and what sort of Xena TV show she’d like to do, her answer was rather interesting, to say the least:
“If I had my druthers, it would be me in a one-off comedy with Renee O’Connor, Bruce Campbell, and Ted Raimi. Just a ridiculous kind of… Do you remember the “Carry On” movies? They were British. It would be an American version of, I don’t know, some insane, just getting-the-band-back-together for some insane mission that we’re all on. We’re forced to bring one another back. An unusual alliance. We have to solve a great problem.
That would be my dream scenario. I would not play Xena, probably, in a TV series because it’s just the physicalities. But I don’t know — it’s amazing what they do with stunt people these days.”
But would Lawless actually consider playing the kickass Warrior Princess again if the scenario demanded a passing of the baton of sorts (of either the title or Xena name) to someone else? And if she could still be part of the new reboot in some way? What about if there is a second-generation kind of Xena? So many questions! Here's what Lawless said:
“Well, it would depend on are they going to honor the original intent of the show? Which is about empowerment and honor of the individual. People who are different, marginalized people, all that stuff. That’s the heart of the show. So you have to keep that covenant.
I don’t know what they’re going to do or what they’re going to write. So it’s way too early to say whether I would jump it. Could be something completely different. They could fill it with T&A — in which case, that for me would be a deal breaker. It’s like, “Over to you. Bye-bye.””
What do you guys think? Do you like Lucy Lawless’ ideas for a Xena: Warrior Princess reboot? And what about her conditions about appearing on the show?
(via Spinoff Online)