We all know the “Xena” reboot is happening – in as much as any reboot bandied about to take the pulse of public interest can be considered happening. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed as much last month. But since the idea is still in its infancy, no one seems to know how Lucy Lawless will fit in.
Den of Geek recently spoke to Ms. Lawless about her role in the upcoming “Ash vs. Evil Dead” series, but the question of reviving the Warrior Princess soon came up. Ms. Lawless was not optimistic about her return to the iconic leather miniskirt.
“No one really dies! Screw her head back on, it”s a bit wonky, and she”s got a really bad attitude since she”s been in a box for 20 years. […] I”m probably not up for that gig. I can”t imagine how you could tell the story with me at 47-years-old and make it work.”
Lawless goes on to say that”s not necessarily a bad thing and as long as executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi believe in the story, they should do whatever they can to get Xena back into the spotlight for a new generation to enjoy. But what if they could have it both ways?
By the end of “Xena: Warrior Princess,” Xena has immaculately conceived a daughter – Eve – with Gabrielle. Because if you can”t give the people blatant fan service in the twilight of a popular show”s life, when can you? Eve grows up to be a warrior in her own right. The character was played by Adrienne Wilkinson, who is still a working actress. So, why not get the gang back together? Call it “Xena: Warrior Queen” and throw caution to the wind! Let Eve return from the Far East and take up her mother”s mantle. Let Gabrielle and Eve find a way to bring Xena back – a la “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” And let them be a dysfunctional lesbian family.
Do it, NBC.