Lucy Lawless might have attended the 2015 summer TV press tour to promote her new Starz series “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” but the reported “Xena: Warrior Princess” reboot was the hottest topic at the event.
“We now know not to mention ‘Xena’ reboot or any other reboot because people go, ‘Reboot. Reboot.’ And then it becomes real, and then we spent the last half of our interviews saying, ‘We were kidding,'” “Ash” star Bruce Campbell jokes to Zap2it.
Though Lawless has been open about how she’s heard nothing about the series, The Hollywood Reporter stands behind its story that NBC and NBC International are intending to return the series to the small screen.
Lawless confirms to Zap2it that she hasn’t heard anything about that project, and hypothesizes that maybe an old conversation that someone misconstrued as being new. “Unless they are doing it, but we are not part of it,” she continues. “I am not lying when I say I do not believe that to be on the burner.”
“And yet, that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. We weren’t really planning on this,” Campbell adds, referencing “The Evil Dead” series being brought back to life more than two decades later as “Ash vs. Evil Dead.”
Lawless has a personal reason for not wanting the “Xena” project to go ahead right now: She feels her husband and “Xena” co-creator Rob Tapert is already too busy on “Ash,” where he serves as executive producer.
“Making the show is technically extremely difficult. He’s up to his eyeballs in trouble just actually putting this stuff together and after all the actors go home,” Lawless says. “He’s still down there [in New Zealand]. He’s drowning in the demands of realizing this show.”
“The idea of making Rob have to think about another show in the middle of why he’s doing this show …” Campbell continues, trailing off.
Lawless also addresses her recent reunion with “Xena” co-star Renee O’Connor, who played Gabrielle. She laughs over the way fans got so excited to learn they’re still friends who hang out.
“That was so sweet of them to give a s***, honestly. I’m really grateful for their fervency,” she says.