And the next semi-popular IP due for a television reboot is…Xena: Warrior Princess! In keeping with TV’s recent trend of mining easily recognizable properties for rebooted TV shows, THR reports that NBC and NBC Universal International are in the early development stages of a Xena: Warrior Princess reboot. The original series was a spinoff of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and was created by writer/director/producer Rob Tapert. It aired in syndication from 1995 to 2001 and made a star out of Lucy Lawless, and now it appears it’s time to bring the property out of dormancy.
Tapert and Sam Raimi, who was also an executive producer of the original series, are involved in the new “modern reboot,” but it’s unclear what role—if any—Lawless would have. Per THR, the new Xena will have to have “the charisma and charm of Lawless and the smarts of The Hunger Games‘ Katniss as producers are said to be looking for a sophisticated and smart superhero for a new generation.” Based on the that description, it sounds like producers are looking to combine the Game of Thrones craze with the success of CW’s superhero shows into this rebooted genre series. However, since the show is still in the planning stages there’s no guarantee it’ll make it to air, or even to the pilot stage.
Lawless and Tapert are themselves already busy on an upcoming TV series based on an existing property—Lawless co-stars in and Tapert executive producers the upcoming Starz drama Ash vs. Evil Dead, which debuts this fall.