The cult-hit ‘Hercules’ spin-off known as ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ might just come back to TV by next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. NBC is currently looking for a writer to lead the project and the original executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi are already involved.
As for Lucy Lawless, the woman behind the warrior princess, it’s unclear whether she will return to the project at this point in time. However The Hollywood Reporter says insiders are enthusiastic about her returning, behind the scenes or otherwise, and Lawless herself has been the biggest supporter of the show’s restoration, telling HitFix at Comic-con that “they’ve got to bring [‘Xena’] back.”
“I’ve been pitching that show…because…there’s a swell of interest still,” she added. “I’m always being peppered with questions [about] when the ‘Xena’ movie is coming. Guys, I’m pitching my ass off to make it happen, whether it’s with me or not. I don’t know what the hold-up is; it’s about who has got the rights, but that’s a piss-poor excuse anymore. Find who has got the rights, freakin’ pay it. It’s better to have 80 percent of something than 100 percent of nothing. Don’t waste this opportunity; reinvigorate that franchise!”
Additionally, Lawless is married to Tapert, and she has been appearing in a lot of his recent projects like the ‘Spartacus’ series and the upcoming “Ash vs. Evil Dead” that is set to come out Oct. 31 on Starz, so there’s definitely a good chance she will come back to the series if it’s rebooted, either as Xena, some other character, or simply an overseer.
Executives are looking at a 2016 return, however nothing is set in stone yet. But with the huge following that the last iteration collected, ranking in the top 5 highest rated syndicated drama series for all six years of its run (1995-2001), I would wager there’s a very good chance we will see the warrior princess on TV again some time soon.