Exclusive: XENA Movie Just Won't Happen, Says Creator Rob Tapert
Posted on 21 April 2009 by Brent Hartinger, Editor
Rob Tapert, the co-creator of televisions Xena: Warrior Princess, has given up hope that there will ever be a live-action feature film version of the classic show, at least not any time soon or starring series leads Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor.
It's something that just won't happen,Ã¢â¬Â Tapert told TheTorchOnline.com in an exclusive interview. Ã¢â¬ÅI donÃ¢â¬â¢t think itÃ¢â¬â¢s going to happen for Lucy and Renee. In twenty years or ten years, in some amount of years, like McGyver, like CharlieÃ¢â¬â¢s Angels, it [could] happen like that [with other actresses].Ã¢â¬Â
Rumors of a feature film adaptation of the series, which ran in syndication from 1995 to 2001, have circulated for years, and all the principles had indicated in interviews that theyÃ¢â¬â¢d be eager to participate.
Ã¢â¬ÅI thought for a heartbeat it would [get made],Ã¢â¬Â Tapert said, Ã¢â¬Åbut at the end of the day, the rules of motion picture marketing, where they have to commit $25 million to open a movie, in this environment, the momentum you need to get a movie made isnÃ¢â¬â¢t there to get a Xena movie made.Ã¢â¬Â
One problem for a film version concerned the fact that NBC Universal Television Group controls the rights to the show, not Tapert or co-creators John Schulian or R.J. Stewart.
TapertÃ¢â¬â¢s pessimism stems from the rights question, which still hasnÃ¢â¬â¢t been resolved, and the lack of funding. Ã¢â¬ÅItÃ¢â¬â¢s a question of [rights and financing],Ã¢â¬Â he says. Ã¢â¬ÅAll of the above.Ã¢â¬Â
The show was canceled after a six-year run, but still enjoys a huge cult following, both online and at annual real-time conventions.
Over the course of the show, the character of Xena returned from the dead many times; the warrior princess even died in the series finale. But now the character, at least as interpreted by actress Lucy Lawless, appears to be dead for good.
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