A reboot of the adventurous cult classic Xena: Warrior Princess was in the works at NBC, but it looks like it'll be awhile before it sees the light of day (if ever). According to The Hollywood Reporter, the original idea for the reboot is essentially dead. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke explains:
"Nothing is happening on that right now. We looked at some material; we decided at that point that it didn't warrant the reboot. I'd never say never on that one because it's such a beloved title, but the current incarnation of it is dead."
This cancellation could be seen as either good or bad news for Xena diehards. While many fans miss the unstoppable warrior, others were disappointed that a new actress would take on Xena, meaning Lucy Lawless wouldn't be on board.
The revival was announced in 2015, but never made much progress. Co-creators of the original show, Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi, were behind the project. Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100) was attached as executive producer, but left earlier this year due to creative differences. 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.
Before Grillo-Marxuach parted ways, he expressed the importance of displaying the true nature of their relationship:
"There is no reason to bring back Xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s."
The original Xena series, a spinoff of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, ran from 1995 to 2001 and lasted six seasons. The chakram-wielding heroine continues to have a lasting impact on fans to this day. Since her reboot never made much headway, time might be exactly what it needs. If it does happen down the line, Xena and her relationship with Gabrielle need to be done justice, even though no one can replace Lawless in the end.
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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)