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02/28/17 6:20 PM
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03/11/17 12:41 AM
Haephestus wrote:I don't see why any "reboot" couldn't be both a reboot and a continuation of the original series, simply with a new "Warrior Princess" as the lead and special guest appearances by Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor as Xena and Gabrielle.
Unless, with their references to Katniss from The Hunger Games, they're planning to completely re-write the Xena mythology. For example, maybe the new series would start at the time of Cortese's attack on Amphipolis and would follow the teenage Xena as she puts together an "army" to defend her villager and is then ostracised by the very people she saved, but decides to embark on a quest to try and protect all of the local villages from Cortese (and other warlords) while learning new skills, etc along the way. The whole "Katniss" angle has been mentioned both by Lucy Lawless at a previous convention appearance and by The Hollywood Reporter in their article.
The idea of a young girl standing up and defending her village may be what they're looking to do with any "reboot" of Xena. I wouldn't be opposed to a series which effectively charts the infamous "10 years" between Cortese's attack on Amphipolis and when Xena reformed and met Gabrielle. And although I would miss Gabrielle, it's not like Xena didn't form very close bonds of ... friendship with similarly idealistic and naïve young women in her past, so they could still have a Gabrielle-like character.
Even in that instance, I would still like the pilot episode to start with Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor as Xena and Gabrielle who decide that for some world-saving reason, it's necessary for them to re-write time and to essentially start a new timeline dating back to when Xena first defended Amphipolis. It could be quite dramatic with LL and ROC making grand declarations about being soul mates and being destined to meet again, in that lifetime or another. I guess it would be somewhat similar to the most recent Star Trek reboot where they essentially established an alternate timeline, although hopefully they could still have the original Xena and Gabrielle appear from time to time (maybe they're even forced to go back in time to when Xena was younger, but obviously can't disrupt the timeline, so they just retire to a nice farm except for special guest appearances now and again).
As for the gods, well I know people may be unhappy, but they changed their appearances plenty of times throughout the series. Weren't there multiple actors who played Zeus, Hades, Athena, Artemis and other gods? I don't think they need to "explain" any change in appearance any more than when they re-cast those roles during the course of the series (i.e. it wouldn't be explained).
As for casting a new, younger Xena or a protégé "Warrior Princess" as the lead, that will be a very difficult task. I can't think of anyone in the right age group (i.e. 25 or under, but looks even younger) who stands out as being Xena-esque. Hopefully, with the right casting search they can find some unique talent. After all, they "discovered" Lucy Lawless in New Zealand, so anything could happen.
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