NBC Backs Out of the 'Xena: Warrior Princess' Reboot

NBC Passes on Xena: Warrior Princess Reboot

The planned Xena: Warrior Princess reboot was never going to feature Lucy Lawless (boo!), but it was going to feature an openly gay relationship between the new Xena and her protégé (yay!). Entertainment president Jennifer Salke has confirmed that the reboot is "dead" in its current form after the attached writer left the project.

After looking at "some material", the network decided Xena "didn't warrant the reboot".

Javier Grillo-Marxuach, part of the team behind popular USA series Lost, had been attached to exec produce the series alongside co-creator Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi, but left earlier this year.

However, Salke says "never say never" to a "Xena" revival in the future.




According to The Hollywood Reporter, Grillo-Marxuach walked away from the project a few months ago over creative differences, with the network opting to cancel the reboot entirely after his exit. The main vision for the reboot was to fully explore the romance between Xena and Gabrielle; it was hinted at but never confirmed in the original run. Just not Grillo-Marxuach's version, that one is "dead". Is it Grillo-Marxuach's skill, was the written plot just not different enough from the original, or was really to do with Xena and Gabrielle's relationship?

That said, Salke does emphasize that she's open to more ideas for a reboot, she needs "someone to come in with a point of view about what they want to do".

"There is no reason to bring back Xena if it is not there for the objective of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s", Grillo-Marxuach wrote in a Tumblr Q&A back in 2016.

It's unfortunate that Xena won't be getting off the ground soon, as it seems like an optimal time for a wisecracking female warrior based in Greek mythology to grace the small screen after the runaway success of Wonder Woman.

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