It’s been over seven years since Xena (Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor) said goodbye to the world of syndication. The series creators of Xena: Warrior Princess would like to round up the cast to do a new project and there are thousands of fans who want to see a reunion. So why isn’t it happening?
Xena: Warrior Princess debuted on September 4, 1995 and ran for six seasons. The historical fantasy series follows the exploits of brave Xena, formerly a villain on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, on her quest for redemption. Xena and Gabrielle travel the countryside during the days of ancient Greece, helping those in need.
The series and Xena said goodbye after 134 episodes and fans immediately started hoping for another adventure — especially after seeing the final fate of their heroine. In 2003, screenwriter Katherine Fugate was reportedly approached about writing a reunion movie.
Lawless has expressed interest and Rob Tapert, one of the show’s creators and Lawless’ husband, says that he wants to do one as well. Lawless says, “It’ll have to happen fairly soon. If it takes much longer, they’ll cast some 20 year old in the role and ask me to play the mother. I’d tell them to go to hell, or worse — I’d do it.”
Tapert recently told Sci Fi Wire, “We said long ago that we’d love to do something… we have a fun, 300-style idea for it.” Unfortunately, NBC Universal, the studio that owns the show, doesn’t seem to be interested. Tapert says, “That’s a [NBC] Universal question… I don’t control the strings.”
Tapert is currently working as one of the executive producers on another syndicated fantasy series, Legend of the Seeker. The show follows a woodsman (Craig Horner) who discovers that he has secret powers, is transformed into a magical leader, and must stop an evil tyrant. It’s based on a book by Terry Goodkind and co-created by Samn Raimi. Lawless recently hosted a preview of the series and the regular show debuts the week of November 1st.
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