“The Internet rumor mill can be an interesting animal. One moment, it can tell us something is absolutely in the works. Not 24 hours later, we’ll hear a rock solid rumor to refute what previously had seemed like a sure thing. That’s exactly what happened recently for a proposed reboot to none other than Xena: Warrior Princess. It all started when word surfaced from a fairly dependable source in The Hollywood Reporter, claiming that “that NBC and NBC Universal International are prepping a reboot of (Xena). Of course things only proliferated from there, as the news reached all four corners of the web.
Soon after though, original Xena star Lucy Lawless took to Twitter to refute what had previously seemed like a slam dunk.
After this, all excitement and anticipation were successfully quashed. If Lucy Lawless doesn’t seem confident that things are moving along, it’s hard for anyone to believe otherwise. But measure her statement up against the info that The Hollywood Reporter has and we may actually still be in for the promised Xena reboot. Look closely at their original story: The Reporter noted that things are “in the extremely early development stages and a search for a writer is currently underway.” It’s not a huge stretch to assume that “extremely early development stages” equates to “wishful thinking.”
So let’s say Xena manages to make its way back to television. Then what? The climate it would exist in today is far different than it was when it first aired back in the mid-90s. Gender equality is a discussion at the forefront of the collective Hollywood consciousness, making it the perfect time to bring back a show that features an ass-kicking independent warrior woman. ABC is already paving the way with the Hayley Atwell-led Agent Carter, but there’s a decided lack of empowering female-led shows that exist alongside it.”