With a string of reboots emanating from Hollywood, there is now one less with a planned Xena: The Warrior Princess not continuing.
Co-creator Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi were on board to oversee the production but NBC parted ways with writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost) in April after creative differences.
NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke has said, “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.”
Grillo-Marxuach’s plan was to explore the romantic relationship that existed between Xena (originally Lucy Lawless) and her sidekick, Gabrielle (originally Renee O’Connor).
Last year Grillo-Marxuach told TV Tonight, “As with any legacy property, Xena brings with it a huge responsibility. Xena means a lot to a lot of people, and obviously the events of the last few weeks have only brought that home further for me. But I always approach Xena knowing there are reasons why Xena is so important, and I want to respect those reasons.”
Salke has confirmed that NBC remains open to doing a Xena revival at some point down the line. “I need someone to come in with a point of view about what they want to do.”
Or another one, anyway….
Source: Hollywood Reporter