News of a possible Xena reboot has been making its way around the Internet over the last few weeks.
The rumors started after Lucy Lawless (Xena) and Renee O’Connor (Gabrielle) posted a selfie together recently. Fans have been pushing for a revival of the classic show that premiered 20 years ago, and after news broke that NBC is indeed working with the show’s original producers, fans got excited thinking that the original cast would be involved.
These back-in-action producers include Lawless’ husband, and though she was questioned about a comeback, she continued to responds saying she was unaware of what is happening. The news broke that the show will not be a revival, but a reboot.
NBC’s Robert Greenblatt confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the reboot was in the works, and they are currently searching for the writer.
“We want to do it,” Greenblatt said. Though the producers are on board, Xena in 2016 is probably going to look very different from the original. Greenblatt said he doesn’t think it will be “just a continuation,” but nothing it set because they don’t even have a writer yet!
As for Lawless (who is Xena and would be hard to replace for all the fans), it still isn’t clear the direction the reboot is going in, so nothing can be said yet.
“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,” Greenblatt said. “I’m not sure how she could be a part of it if she wasn’t playing Xena, and I don’t know if that’s a direction we’ll ever go.”
Lawless, amidst all the rumors, finally took to Twitter after Greenblatt’s comments, writing, “If a #Xena reboot gets made, it’s because the fans are beautiful, hardcore nutballs who want what they want.”
Lawless did say that she would consider being involved if the circumstances were right.
“Depends who,” she told press while promoting her new series Ash vs. Evil Dead. “It’s got to honor the original kind of legacy of the show. It’s got to be true to the original. I would not stand by just anybody’s take of it. I wouldn’t make it hard for them. I think NBCUniversal really does want to make it, and they have every right to, but if somebody made it and I thought they were doing a s**tty thing to those characters, I’d take that a little personally.”
Although Lawless wants to give the fans what they want, she doesn’t seem to keen about the reboot.
“It’s gotten more fervent, it’s gotten so fervent, just lately. Like it’s kind red hot,” she told E! News. “That’s why I don’t want to hurt them. I wouldn’t lie about these things. I’m not lying, sadly. I wish.”