‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Revival Series Eyed at NBC

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Xena: Warrior Princess” could be returning to television, sources confirm to Variety.

The popular ’90s series is being eyed for a reboot at NBC and NBC Universal Intl., though the project is in the very early stages of development.

Rob Tapert, who created the original Lucy Lawless action-drama, and original exec producer Sam Raimi are involved, and the search for a writer is under way.

The “modern reboot,” first reported by the Hollywood Reporter, may bring back Lawless, though those involved with the series reportedly would like for her to have roles both in front of and behind the camera. However, she would not appear in her original role.

After the news of “Xena’s” remake broke, Lawless took to Twitter Monday afternoon to deny the series, but insiders still tell Variety that the project is being discussed at the network — just in very early stages.

The new “Xena” is in talks for a 2016 debut, but no decisions have been made regarding episode order.

“Xena” would be the next revival project in the works, as all venues are hot on the trend. Also at NBC are the “Coach” sequel and “Heroes Reborn,” which bows this fall. Other shows coming back to the smallscreen are “The X-Files” on Fox, Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” and Netflix’s “Fuller House.”

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  1. G. Stanley Gere says:

    As I see it, the only way they could bring Xena back is to have Lucy Lawless AND Renee O’Conner in the remake with the story line that it’s 20 years after Xena was put in that state of nor being dead and not being alive when she was in Japan in the last episode. and is returned to the land of the living after a 20 year passing of time. That would explain why the recent Gabrielle doesn’t look like the Gabriele of the original series. And if the series has some creative writers, it would be a hit. Finally, to even hint that Xena was homosexual would destroy the deep friendship that exists between Xena and Gabrielle. One can have such a deep friendship without it being a homosexual relationship. a friendship where either person would gladly, and without hesitation, give his life for the other person.

  2. scot says:

    Come on Lucy and Renee if Harrison ford can still play Indiana Jones and Bruce Willis still do die hard films u guys can still be xena and Gabrielle you both still look as u guys did in the last episode a friend in need part 2 plz just do a few movies of xena to say thanks to us fans.

    Then they can reboot it of they want as another tv show with different cast but plz Lucy and Renee the world is in turmoil and needs heroes like xena and Gabrielle but only you 2 as xena and Gabrielle .

    After all u guys did the voices in Hercules and xena battle for Olympus so plz be xena and Gabrielle again in the xena warrior princess movies. Then reprise your roles in the reboot even if it is just the first episode. We fans are still loyal after all these heart break years without xena so plz unbreak our hearts now xx

  3. scott says:

    We need xena back the world is in turmoil without her and without Gabrielle it left a hole in our hearts when xena died bring her back

    Lucy is xena and always will be and Renee will always be Gabrielle

    They could do it where Gabrielle makes a deal with the gods but they accidentally bring the evil xena back but Gabrielle turns xena back to good.


  4. sharona marie leffler says:

    i would love to see zena again, loved the series. bring it on

  5. Jason says:

    O’Connor. Dumb auto spell.

  6. Jason says:

    NBA heard Xena fans about bringing back our heros. NOW hear us once more: Lucy and Renee, or it won’t work. It won’t work because the magic and awe will be gone, along with the chemistry and excellence of our show. Yes, it is OUR show. The fans show. Read the comments, hear our words and head our warnings. Lawless and O’Conner please. Anyone else is a kick in the face. Bring back the original cast. For The Greater Good.

  7. Lorene Kelman says:

    It is ridiculous to think a Xena reboot could be successful without Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor as Xena and Gabrielle, respectfully. Why is Universal so against rebooting what was and will be perfection, the original Xena cast and story is what the fans want and need! It would be completely dishonorable to a classic show and an A list cast!

  8. ruth says:

    xena sin lucy y renne no valdrá de nada para los espectadores sobre todo para los que e mos visto todas las temporadas y episodios de la serie. sin la xena original seria una simple copia de serie original

  9. ive never hoped that a rumour is true more then this week! i really really want more Xena! but stop saying that its gonna be a new cast! Xena without Lucy and Renee is just not ok!

  10. Roh says:

    Xena fans need this so bad… There is a big group of people looking forward to a new xena tv series/movie.

  11. Shan_Alaska says:

    It has to be a Xena movie with Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor in their original roles, or else it would be a disaster to the franchise and upset the Xena fandom. I have been a fan of Xena since I was 4 years old, when it first premiered on TV in 1995. So please don’t ruin it for the fans who have been loyal to Xena all of these years. After the movie, then they can reboot it and pass it on to the next generation.

  12. Dawn Fulton says:

    A reboot would be awesome but only if it included Lucy and Renee. It just wouldn’t be the same without their involvment. You’ll lose a lot of fans if the original cast is left out. We the fans cannot support this if a recast should happen. Lucy and Renee are an essential part of the shows success and without them the show is doomed for failure.

  13. Addressing to NBC Universal, TV, Pictures and Entertainment…
    Do you really want to lose a 20 years old huge, worldwide and loyal fandom by rebooting with another cast, just for a few new young fans? Are you really aware about the impact of Xena with its Original cast? You know we will follow you, and support the project, but only with Lucy Lawless, Renee O’Connor and the original cast. Do this bridge with them between pas to present and the next gen if you want, but.. WE deserve our Movie with Lucy & Renee.

  14. JOE S HILL says:

    This is what a TV Network,with current “Flop” status,is desperate enough to do! and since NBC Universal
    are sister companies,then it comes as no big surprise,that a Tarnished TV network,once known as the National Broadcasting Company,now stands for “Nothing But Crap!” and while they’re considering going back to 1994,when Universal Television launched their syndicated ACTION package,with stuff like “TEK WARS” and “HERCULES,The Legendary Journeys”,it would seem to make a little sense,that they’d look to the amazing success of “XENA,WARRIOR PRINCESS”-but like all reboots and remakes,many of them stand a snowball’s chance in hell! would Lucy Lawless reprise her TV role,,especially after the charecter was beheaded? be pretty interesting to see how NBC Universal would get by that one! but then,Universal
    Studios has an enormous TV library,,but if they’re smart,they’d leave it alone,and release these jewels on to DVD instead! because with NBC’s recent cancelation of “HANNIBAL”-also NOT a smart choice,since the show still has a huge audience,,how in the world does NBC even expect to have success by rebooting “XENA”,,that just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense,,but then,neither do remakes! can’t really see any other woman actress playing the Lucy Lawless role,which is why i remain highly skeptical about this whole idea! this is Lucy Lawless’ baby,,and she,and SHE alone,did this charecter-end of story!!

  15. Gene says:

    They need to cast Ronda Rousey as Xena! Olympic bronze medal winner in Judo, the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, & all around bad ass….

  16. Kath says:

    I really hope this happens!

  17. Karlien says:

    I would very much love a Xena revival, however only if Lucy Lawless and Renée O’Connor are to reprise their roles as Xena and Gabrielle. Otherwise, it loses all of it’s appeal to me.

  18. Serena says:

    We want a movie only if it is with Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor! The characters of Xena and Gabrielle have been forged by those women! Xena MOVIE Now with the original cast!

  19. Fans want Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor to play pivotal role in restoring Xena!

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  21. KERRY says:


  22. Jacques Strappe says:

    NBC will only f-ck it up anyway so prefer they don’t touch it.

  23. Jason says:

    I’m not interested if Lucy and Renee aren’t both back as they’re beloved characters. No one else can fill their shoes. No one. No. One.

  24. Marilu says:

    Call Steven Sears to be a writer on the show…he’s brilliant.

  25. Tammie says:

    Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor must reprise their original roles!!!

  26. Ben says:

    OMG OMG MOG YES so excited for Xena!

  27. Greg Price says:

    If they were shooting for a 2016 launch, they’ve missed their window. They’d have to be well into development by this point for a début that close.

  28. Agent 86 says:

    That would be so very awesome!

    But, they need to ensure that Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor play Xena and Gabrielle in at least the premier episodes. Xena can then pass on the title of “Warrior Princess” to the new, younger heroine who will be the lead of the TV series.

    And it would be great if Xena and Gabrielle could reappear from time to time throughout the series. If Gabrielle was Queen of the Amazons and Xena her second in command, it would be a great way to include them for a few episodes each season.

  29. Hell yeah would deffo watch da reboot of xena warrior princess would be even better if Lucy and reene have their original roles as xena and Gabrielle would watch wet series over again to da next ones hopefully soon to come battle on x

  30. If you’re they’re not going to have Lucy Lawless play Xena – then what the hell is the point? Why bother at all? Lucy IS Xena. It’s sad when an actress in her mid-40s can’t return to her original role – yet 75 year-old Harrison Ford keeps trucking as Han Solo and Indiana Jones.

  31. Ephany says:

    I would LOVE a Xena reboot but with Lucy and Renee and the old gang.

  32. Linda says:

    I’d only be interested in Xena with Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor.

  33. Dave says:

    Us Xenites have been fighting for a Xena Movie or mini series starring Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor for years and years now. Xena needs to return BUT Lucy Lawless MUST be Xena n Renee O’Connor must b Gabrielle. I Would love to see it continue from the final episode and see how after so many years Gabrielle finally finds away to bring Xena back from the dead. I loved the final episode but would totally love to see a continuation to the story. Its time NBC!

  34. Only way this will take off is if Lucy and Renee are both back as original Xena and Gabrielle….

  35. jrdxs2 says:

    omgosh…i just know…..that IT BETTER BE DONE RIGHT!!!!!…….not some halfass knockoff….when i see it’s done right..then i’ll be excited

  36. Please let Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor reprise their rolls. That is what really is going to make this work.

  37. Kevin says:

    Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor must reprise their roles for me to watch!

  38. So excited! We need to make sure that Lucy and Renee reprise their roles as Xena and Gabrielle. Not for the whole series, I understand this is for a new generation. However, the original fans need to Xena brought back to life, we need to right the wrong of the original ending to the series. Very happy to see something in development though!

  39. Grace says:

    Fantastic development – finally! Bravo Lucy!! The only way this could be completely successful is if Lucy and Renee are involved!!

  40. An ja Xenite says:

    Lucy and Renee must resume their roles! They are the real deal and the original Xena & Gabrielle. No one can compete with that. It has to be with them or no revival at all! Love Lucy & Renee as Xena and Gabrielle. And would love to see some of the other regulars return as well. :)

  41. Toni Starborn says:


  42. David Benjamin says:

    STFU and leave talk of Xena out of your ignorant mouth!

  43. Blair Clijka says:

    WE WANT LUCY AS XENA!! Understand producers, article writers, xena writers, heads at universal, Lucy IS Xena. Renee IS Gabrielle. Our cry for a Xena reboot is for Lucy and Renee to pass the torch to a character NOT Xena. Xena in essence? yes. This is where creativity comes in. What we want is for Xena to be brought back to life, then the torch be passed on. Please do this movie it sounds AMAZING. The Xenites will whole-heartedly support it without a doubt, especially if you listen to what they want.

    • David Benjamin says:

      Maybe call it the Xena Chronicles..have it be that it’s the further adventures of her daughter Eve. Xena could come back in flashbacks /dream sequences? Just bring back Lucy flawless. ..please??

      • David Benjamin says:

        Lol! Ho??even after her conversion as a follower of Eli? Wait a tick..the actor that played Eli..isn’t that the same guy that played Cain on Supernatural?

      • Jose Roth says:

        NO! Eve sucks! That ho!

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