‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ star Lucy Lawless brands reboot rumours ‘wishful thinking’

Lawless warns fans not to get their hopes up after it was reported that a 'modern reboot' is coming

Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless has warned fans not to get their hopes up after it was reported that a reboot of the cult fantasy series is on its way.

Lawless, who has been vocal in recent years about wanting to revive the popular ’90s series, took to Twitter to brand the reports “wishful thinking”.

Created by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, who later became Lawless’s husband, Xena: Warrior Princess originally ran for six seasons between 1995 and 2001. It retains a sizeable cult following to this day, with Lawless’s Xena and her comrade Gabrielle, played by Renee O’Connor, recognised as lesbian icons.

It was reported last night (July 20) by The Hollywood Reporter that a “modern reboot” is being developed with Tapert and Raimi both involved in the creative process. Though a 2016 premiere date is apparently being targeted, the reboot is said to be “in the extremely early development stages” and it is unknown what role, if any, Lawless would play in the new series.

Lawless spoke enthusiastically about a revival of Xena: Warrior Princess at Comic-Con in San Diego earlier this month (July), telling HitFix: “They’re fools not to bring it back.”