NBC Chief Keen On “Xena” Series Reboot

NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt has confirmed his network is looking at a reboot of classic syndicated fantasy series “Xena: Warrior Princess”.

Last month came a report that NBC was looking into a revival of the property which would involve original producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert along with original “Xena” star Lucy Lawless in a behind-the-scenes capacity.

However those reports seemed to be shot down shortly after when Lawless tweeted: “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.” Now though, Greenblatt has reconfirmed the old reports, telling THR on Wednesday night:

“Yes, we’re in the early stages of developing a new take on Xena and we’re looking for a writer. We want to do it. I don’t think it’s just a continuation, but we haven’t gotten that far. I think it’s a great character and we should try to figure out how to revive it somehow.”

Greenblatt says it’s still too early to say what the focus for a new take on “Xena” will be as it will depend upon the writer’s vision. What has been confirmed is that the network is meeting with their top choice for a scribe for the potential series – but won’t say who. He’s also not certain of Lawless’ involvement right now:

“There is a deal with Sam and Rob Tapert to produce and it’s with NBC International. We’d love to have Lucy [Lawless] be a part of it – if we felt that her presence didn’t overshadow the direction we take with it. 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.”

Lawless indicated last weekend that NBC has the rights to do it and “they’re just trying to find a way and a time”. Turns out she’s right.