We’ve known for a few months that NBC has permission to reboot ‘Xena: Warrior Princess‘ and while Lucy Lawless isn’t currently involved she has a few big ideas on how to restart the series that put her name on the map. With the ‘Ash vs Evil Dead‘ premiere happening this last weekend she’s been doing rounds of interviews to promote the series and of course Xena was brought up. Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert may have signed off the series and one can only hope that NBC finds some way to allow Lawless to have a say in its direction, especially with where she’d like to see it.
“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.”
Okay, so maybe this wouldn’t quite be the way a new series should go but I’d love to see a stand alone movie with the old cast doing this. On a serious note though she did say what would cause her to say yes or no if a role was offered on the series:
“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.”
With television these days it would be quite easy to see certain networks go for the T&A over empowerment. That being said, if they want to bring back the original spirit of the series that has the built in fan base, it seems quite clear as to what they should be sticking to.
Do you like the idea of a return to the world of ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’? Do you think they’ll give us a show in the same style as the original or will we be getting a reboot that isn’t needed? Share your thoughts below!