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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.
03/11/17 7:51 PM
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04/06/17 11:13 PM
Yep. The reboot has been canned.
04/07/17 9:46 AM
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05/20/17 9:06 AM
Murderingharpie wrote:Yep. The reboot has been canned.
06/22/17 4:10 PM
06/22/17 4:14 PM
IF Wonder Woman is a huge success in June, then that may prompt NBC to try to build on the popularity of a female hero in a leather mini dress wielding a sword and righting wrongs.
06/22/17 7:36 PM
RaiderRed1 wrote:Haephestus wrote:
IF Wonder Woman is a huge success in June, then that may prompt NBC to try to build on the popularity of a female hero in a leather mini dress wielding a sword and righting wrongs. it looks like the box office numbers for wonder woman are very good -- so do yall think that will help push NBC (Nothin But Cretins) to do a xena reboot?
Possibly, yes. Look, I think we're all aware that true creativity is not currently rewarded in Hollywood and that most studio executives are lazy and simplistic in their thinking. I can only imagine that certain people are NBC are seeing the overwhelming (and not entirely undeserved) positive buzz for Wonder Woman and the continually increasingly box office receipts and thinking about how they can capitalise (and profit) from the popularity of Wonder Woman.
I think they'd also have a simplistic view of the similarities between Xena and Princess Diana of Themyscira - female warriors, leather mini-dresses, sword, magical weapon (chakram / lasso), ties with Amazons, ties with Greek gods / myths, "female empowerment" mottos, etc and consider Xena to be a prime brand to piggy-back on the popularity of Wonder Woman and make some easy money.
Now, whether they see the success of Wonder Woman as justifying a TV reboot or a big screen blockbuster, I'm not sure. I think the profits for a movie are more immediate and potentially greater, especially if the production budget for any film is kept reasonably small, but I think even NBC would realise that Xena doesn't have the same kind of existing brand recognition that Wonder Woman does AND Xena is not part of a giant shared cinematic universe with a HUGE amount of advertising and promotion behind it. So, a TV reboot would seem to be a simpler and more direct solution.
But, NBC could just as easily interpret Wonder Woman's success as evidence of an audience's desire for more superheroes and try for a superhero show again (after previous failed attempts including Wonder Woman and most recently Powerless). Or they may interpret Wonder Woman's success as simply being due to a female action hero and proceed with their Witchblade reboot.
Who knows? Honestly, NBC's unwillingness to reap the potential commercial rewards associated with the Xena brand has always perplexed me. They have done nothing to keep the brand in the public consciousness, even though I'm sure there are companies out there (e.g. Funko and other pop culture collectible companies) who would like to do something with the brand if the licensing fees were reasonable.
Yes, we had another poor attempt at a comic book series. And, yes we're meant to be getting a new trilogy of novels. But, that's about it. No other collectibles, despite the fact that Fox is still pumping out Buffy and X-Files merchandise. And I think even Charmed is pumping stuff out, including a deluxe "replica" Book of Shadows. I'm surprised that NBC isn't even doing chakram replicas for Xena any more. Anyway, I digress.
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