In an interview with Den of Geek Xena star Lucy Lawless was asked if she would ever like to play the titular role again. Her answer was more than clear.
I’ve been pitching that, actually…The fans really do want that, and I’ve met some people who’ve crowdfunded some things, and I’m just like, ‘Why don’t we just do that?’
Crowdfunding a return of Xena? That one will definitely fall in the “shut up and take my money” category for a lot of people. There’s more to it than simply throwing together a Kickstarter page however, as Lawless doesn’t have the rights to Xena so there would need to be a substantial amount of legal wrangling before anything could truly move forward.
Still there’s a bit of precedent for Xena fans to find solace in. Lucy Lawless is appearing in the upcoming Ash vs. The Evil Dead series, which is another franchise where fans rabidly wanted to see more. For decades it looked like such a thing would never happen. Now, somehow, here we are with new Evil Dead on the horizon. Add to that the fact that Evil Dead creator Sam Raimi was involved in the production of Xena at least Lawless knows she can get a meeting with somebody to start the process of securing the rights. Also, while on set she can ask Bruce Campbell if he’ll reprise his role as Autolycus, the King of Thieves, because that would be awesome.
What’s that you say? Xena died in the finale. Hardly a problem according to Lawless. It was the era of greek gods, and magic after all. Lawless doesn’t see much problem in having them “screw her head back on” and sending her off to save the world. It’s not like she’d be the first character in the series brought back to life. While a great action series Xena was also never afraid to get goofy so whatever ridiculous mechanism they come up with to bring Xena back to life would fit in the series just fine.
Would you be excited to see the return of Xena: Warrior Princess? While you can’t put your credit card down just yet to help make it happen, that day may come very soon. If it worked for Veronica Mars, surely it can work for the Warrior Princess.