The bada** warrior princess is coming back to television, according to NBC. There have been rumors going around about whether the Xena: Warrior Princess reboot was actually happening, and now we can finally relax, because it has officially been confirmed.
The original Xena, Lucy Lawless, was either unaware of there being talks of a reboot or was sworn to secrecy. While rumors were spreading, Lawless put a stop to them by telling fans that it was not going to happen, although she alleged that she would love it too. “Sorry, friends! news of a #Xena reboot is just a rumor. I’d love it to happen one day but it’s still in the wishful thinking stage,” she tweeted.
Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, assured us that a Xena: Warrior Princess reboot is happening, although it is still in the early stages. “Yes, we’re in the early stages of developing a new take on Xena, and we’re looking for a writer,” Greenblatt said at the Television Critics Association press tour.
There will be a new approach to the series, geared towards a new generation of young people. “I don’t think it’s just a continuation, but we haven’t gotten that far,” Greenblatt said. He would welcome Lawless’ help with the reboot, but only behind the scenes. He felt that her presence on the show might take away from the new direction of the series. “I’m not sure how she could be part of it if she wasn’t playing Xena, and I don’t know if that’s a direction we’ll ever go,” said Greenblatt.
According to reports, the new Xena will “have the charisma and charm of Lawless and the smarts of The Hunger Games’ Katniss.” She is also described as a sophisticated, smart superhero for millennials. That sounds like a woman I would love to meet and hopefully never piss off.
There has been an influx of 90s television shows coming back to life. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Full House are already in the works. The reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess would be a great addition to the list. The series’ influence on today’s programs is evident in the multitude of refreshingly honest and unapologetic female characters we see in our favorite shows. Xena would instill self-confidence in young women and help them realize that they do not need a man to find value within themselves.
If everything goes according to plan, Xena: Warrior Princess should arrive in Fall 2016. Who do you think should play the iconic superhero? Are you excited to see Xena come back?