Lucy Lawless was recently contacted by someone interested in relaunching the property she made famous, ‘Xena: Warrior Princess.’ The show originated as a spin-off from ‘Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,’ but soon eclipsed its father show in popularity and in pop culture notoriety. The show ran from 1995-2001, amassing a cult following, up until the final episode which saw Xena killed, beheaded and cremated.
“The fans were always devastated that we cut Xena’s head off. We thought we were telling a strong storyline and it was hilarious, but it broke their hearts,” Lawless admitted.
In May, the actress tweeted, “Had an interesting call from a chap who wants to re-invigorate the #Xena brand. You guys may have started something.” She quickly followed that up with a cautionary tweet, “But there’s a lot of red tape around
#XWP so don’t get your knickers in a twist. It may come back in a different form.”
Earlier, in 2012, she told the Huffington Post, “The whole trouble with it was there was some sort of glitch in the paperwork in ownership. The movie company doesn’t own all the rights to it and they don’t want to share, so — it’s just kind of gone sour for all these years. I shouldn’t say they don’t want to share, but there’s not enough in it for them if they have to share the rights with somebody else. By the time somebody realizes it’s a completely wasted franchise and they should reinvigorate it, I’m too old to play her.”
Though the future of ‘Xena: Warrior Princes’s is as ambiguous as the title hero’s relationship with companion Gabrielle, Lawless has brainstormed how she’d like to see the brand relaunched. “In my dreams it would be that Renee [O’Connor, who played Gabrielle] and I, and Ted [Raimi], who played Joxer, would come back and basically stick Xena’s head back on her and go on a quest. At the end you introduce this new Warrior Princess, hand it over and let them run with it. So we could put the family back together, give the fans what they want, reinvigorate the brand and hand it on to a new generation.” Sounds like Lawless’ “Ayiyiyiyiyiyi!” days are behind her, but that she’d be up for one last turn in the saddle before handing the mantle off to a younger action heroine.
With The CW’s ‘Amazon’ pilot– showcasing a fledgling Wonder Woman– stalled, could a revived Xena fill the Amazonian she-warrior role missing from the television landscape since ‘Xena’ was cancelled?
Were you a fan of Xena? Do you want to see her return? How would you bring her back? And in this day and age, is it time to make she and Gabrielle “official?” Comment below!