NBC Passes on Xena: Warrior Princess Reboot

Lucy Lawless as Xena Warrior Princess

The long-rumored "Xena: Warrior Princess" reboot is not happening anytime soon - at least not on NBC.

For that reason, one would assume that Xena would be a can't miss prospect for a reboot or revival series, but according to THR, NBC has opted not to continue with development of a proposed Xena reboot.

"Nothing is happening on that right now", said Salke.

The revival series was going to feature a new actress taking on the role originated by Lucy Lawless, with Xena co-creator Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi on board to oversee the production.

One aspect of Grillo-Marxuach's vision though, which may have accounted for those previously mentioned "creative differences", is that he meant to explore the romantic relationship between Xena and Gabrielle. "We looked at some material; we decided at that point that it didn't warrant the reboot", Salke explains in the article. "I truly hope that the alchemy of creative elements that has to come together to make possible either a reboot or revival of this awesome property will someday coalesce, and that Xena will return in a way that does honor to what came before while looking to the future".

NBC Passes on Xena: Warrior Princess Reboot
NBC's openly gay Xena reboot is dead

RIP, openly gay Xena and Gabrielle.

You could argue that Grillo-Marxuach did have a definite point of view, since his plans would have made canon what many in the fandom have speculated on and championed - Xena and her partner Gabrielle's romantic relationship. Renee O'Connor co-starred in the series as Xena's companion, Gabrielle.

He previously said: 'Xena will be a very different show made for very different reasons. Just not Grillo-Marxuach's version, that one is "dead".

Friedman had voiced tentative support for the reboot, saying: "I do think the idea of making what was subtext text is interesting and what you can add to it". However, this might be bittersweet news for Xena: Warrior Princess fans.

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