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Xena: Warrior Princess: NBC looking at reboot

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UPDATE: On Monday, Lucy Lawless tweeted that “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.” However, as previously reported below, a writer has not yet been attached to the script and so the reboot is not yet in active development. 

If Lawless was out of the loop, it wouldn’t be the first time NBC has kept a cast of rebooted TV show in the dark: In 2014, the network dropped a surprise teaser for a little series called Heroes Reborn during a telecast of the Olympic Games, and the cast of the original series were as shocked as viewers.

EARLIER: Xena: Warrior Princess could return to television next year. EW has confirmed that NBC hopes to reboot the cult series, which starred Lucy Lawless as the title warrior.

Little else is known about the project at this time — there is no writer attached and its unclear if Lawless would return. But the actress herself would be interested, telling Den of Geek in a recent interview at Comic-Con that she’d be up to play Xena again in a television movie.

“I’ve been pitching that, actually,” Lawless said. “The fans really do want that, and I’ve met some people who’ve crowdfunded some things, and I’m just like, ‘Why don’t we just do that?'”

Speaking to HitFix at Comic-Con, Lawless said the powers that be would be “fools not to bring it back.”

“There’s a swell of interest still,” she said, before saying she’d approve of further Xena stories — “Middle-aged Xena in a muumuu, with a bad attitude and a smoking habit” — much in the way she’s co-starring in the Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke news about the possible return of Xena, the new series could be a “modern reboot” of the show.

Xena: Warrior Princess aired from 1995 through 2001.