There have been rumblings about a Xena reboot for a few weeks, and now NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt has confirmed the project is definitely in the works.
Greenblatt noted the proposed series is in the “early stages” of development and currently looking for a writer. Original producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert (Lucy Lawless’ husband) are both attached. As for the direction they’ll actually take the project creatively? Greenblatt said it’s still up in the air, and largely depends on whichever writer they sign on to develop the script.
Initial reports indicate the series will be a bit more highbrow than the B-movie vibe of the original series, more akin to The Hunger Games. There’s also the question of whether original star Lucy Lawless could return in her original role or a supporting role, and Greenblatt said that’s also undecided. It’s worth noting Lawless herself has also been fairly tentative on the project.
Here’s an excerpt from Greenblatt’s comments:
“I don't think it's just a continuation, but we haven't gotten that far. I think it's a great character, and we should try to figure out how to revive it somehow … We’d love to have Lucy be a part of it — if we felt that her presence didn't overshadow the direction we take with it. I'm not sure how she could be part of it if she wasn't playing Xena, and I don't know if that's a direction we'll ever go.”
It’s early days, obviously, but it does seem like NBC is keen to get a new version of Xena on the airwaves. Having Raimi and Tapert back behind the scenes is a great sign, but we’d still love to see them find a place for Lawless that wouldn’t distract from the new direction.
What do you think? What do you want from Xena 2.0?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)