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        14 August 2015

Xena 2.0 Reboot: This Week's Update


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Here’s the latest news about the Xena Reboot – Xena 2.0

AUSXIP has a new twitter to keep track of all the news related to the Reboot (Xena 2.0) whilst the main AUSXIP account is for Xena: The Original Series because it’s looking more and more likely that it’s not going to be the Xena we want from all the news filtering out.

 

The Hollywood Reporter has updated their story and here are the highlights:

  • NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt tells THR that he'd "love" to have Lucy Lawless be part of it (except for one small problem…read below)
  • NBC's bid to bring Xena: Warrior Princess back to the small screen is still in full swing.
  • Despite public statements from former star Lucy Lawless, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the network is looking for a way to reboot the beloved series in which she starred as the warrior princess.
  • "Yes, we're in the early stages of developing a new take on Xena and we're looking for a writer. We want to do it," Greenblatt told THR on Wednesday night at NBCUniversal's Television Critics Association summer press tour party at Spago.
  • "I don't think it's just a continuation (oh dear), but we haven't gotten that far. I think it's a great character, and we should try to figure out how to revive it somehow," Greenblatt said, confirming that "there is a deal with Sam and Rob Tapert to produce, and it's with NBC International."
  • While the executive noted that it was too early to tell what the focus for a new Xena would be, he said much of the creative would depend on the writer's vision. Sources indicate that the network is meeting with their top choice for a scribe for the potential series, though who that is is being kept under wraps.

I found the following to be gobsmacking:

  • As for whether Lawless would have an onscreen role, Greenblatt noted that he's open to it — on one condition.
    "We'd love to have Lucy be a part of it — if we felt that her presence didn't overshadow the direction we take with it. I'm not sure how she could be part of it if she wasn't playing Xena, and I don't know if that's a direction we'll ever go," he said, noting that he'd be open to having the actress — who is married to Tapert — involved creatively behind the scenes.

Oh dear.

I'm going to let Xena do the talking here...

and one more.... (thanks Klippart!)

 


 

 

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