Xena: The Warrior Princess Reboot is Dead in Current Form

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Xena: Warrior Princess reboot is dead in the water.

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

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In a blow to fans this week, NBC confirmed that the project is "dead" after Grillo-Marxuach departed the project.

NBC hasn't ruled out the possibility of a future reboot enitrely, with Salke telling the Hollywood Reporter "never say never".

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Javier Grillo-Marxuach was on board as the showrunner and had said Xena would be openly gay in the reboot.

So while a Xena reboot that would have starred a new actress in the title role was highly anticipated, at least there is no plan to move forward with a story that fails to acknowledge the love between Xena and Gabrielle in palpable ways. "I truly hope that the alchemy of creative elements that has to come together to make possible either a reboot or revival of this unbelievable property will someday coalesce, and that Xena will return in a way that does honor to what came before while looking to the future". One of them might be that he handled the exploration of Xena and Gabrielle's relationship poorly. 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. This was something Grillo-Marxuach hoped to correct, as he revealed to THR earlier in the year. "There is no reason to bring back "Xena' if it is not there for the objective of fully exploring a realtionship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s".

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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". For now you can still watch Lucy Lawless as the original warrior princess beheading her male enemies and loving her female friends (and lovers) on Hulu.

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