A reboot of “Xena: The Warrior Princess” is in the works at NBC, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
The series, which originally aired from 1995-2001, focused on the titular warrior princess (Lucy Lawless) seeking redemption for past atrocities by using her fighting skills to defend the weak and innocent. Lawless, however, has not been confirmed for the reboot.
Lawless has recently spoken about rebooting the series though.
“I’ve been pitching that, actually,” Lawless said in an interview with Den of Geek. “The fans really do want that, and I’ve met some people who’ve crowdfunded some things, and I’m just like, ‘Why don’t we just do that?'”
The actress is also currently starring in the Starz series “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” which is produced by “Xena” producers Rob Tapert, who is also Lawless’ husband, and Sam Raimi.
Xena originally began as a character on “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” starring Kevin Sorbo. She was to be killed off after a few episodes, but she proved so popular with fans that she was spun off into her own show. The show proved incredibly popular, ranking among the top five syndicated cable shows during each of its seasons.
“Xena” was created by John Schulian and Tapert and produced by Tapert, Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell’s Renaissance Pictures, Universal Television, Studios USA. Development on the rebooted series is in the very early stages and the search for a writer is currently underway.