But it will settle for bringing her back in 2016, when this reboot of the cult classic adventure show is tentatively due. Original Xena producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are working on the series, but original star Lucy Lawless’ involvement is seemingly still to be determined—but it most likely won’t be as Xena herself.

More, all from The Hollywood Reporter:

[I]nsiders would like the original star to have both a role on screen and behind the scenes. ...

It’s too early to know if Xena 2.0 would be a limited 13-episode run similar to Fox’s revived 24 or a more standard full-season order. Insiders say the hope is for the new Xena to be an ongoing (read renewable) series.

Sources say the new Xena would 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.

You know, of all the needless remakes happening, I think Xena is actually a pretty good choice to redo. Not that there was anything wrong with the original series, but I think modern-day special effects and the heightened desire for strong female heroes means there’s more that can be done with the character and the series now—that there’s something that can be added to the franchise as opposed to just trotting it back out because people remember the name. But what do you guys think?


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