‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Indefinitely Shelved as NBC Looks for Better Point of View
Plans of seeing a new iteration of "Xena: Warrior Princess" are suddenly put to a screeching halt. Months after the departure of scribe Javier Grillo-Marxauch, NBC is shutting down their "Xena: Warrior Princess" reboot for now.
While NBC is not permanently shutting its doors on reviving "Xena: Warrior Princess," no material presented to the network holds significant ground for a reboot to be made. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke needs someone to present a proposal for a "Xena: Warrior Princess" reboot that has a point of view warranting its production.
Grillo-Marxauch left the project last April, citing creative differences with the network as the main reason for his departure. As Collider reported, the writer, known for his work on the shows "Lost" and "The 100," wanted to focus on the homosexual relationship between the titular character, played by Lucy Lawless, and her sidekick Gabrielle, portrayed by Renee O'Conner. He believes that there is no reason to have another "Xena: Warrior Princess" other than to fully flesh out the relationship the main characters share.
Although what they had was not explicitly spelled out during the syndication of "Xena: Warrior Princess," it was heavily hinted that Xena and Gabrielle definitely had something between them. In 2003, Lawless cements on this factor by stating that it was not just any bisexual relationship, but rather they are more like a married couple.
Starting out as a spin-off series of the "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" starring Kevin Sorbo and Michael Hurst, "Xena: Warrior Princess" tells a tale of a female warrior who protects the weak and fights for those who can't to atone for her past sins. Originally aired from September 1995 until June 2001, the series ran for 6 seasons and was part of the top five syndicated series during its run.