Xena reboot, which would have made her 'explicitly gay', will not happen

Xena reboot, which would have made her 'explicitly gay', will not happen

NBC's planned Xena: Warrior Princess reboot has been shelved.

"Nothing is happening on that right now", Salke says."We looked at some material; we decided at that point that it didn't warrant the reboot".

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. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has put a fork in the reboot they were planning.

The original Xena was portrayed by Lucy Lawless as a guest star on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, before she graduated to her own series, which ran from 1995 to 2001.

The news comes several months after writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach and NBC parted ways. Salke goes on to explain that NBC is still open to doing a Xena reboot, but with the right concept.

The revival, which was set to bring back co-creators Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi, was going to focus more on the lesbian relationship between the Amazonian goddess and Gabrielle as well as, you know, the fighting and her iconic armbands. This new version would have seemingly followed the same premise, with new young actresses take on the roles of Xena and Gabrielle.

"What was weird to me that lesbians were so invisible in the real world, but then something just happened and I just assumed no one would ever think that about Xena and Gabrielle". He wanted the remake to be LGBTQ-friendly, clarifying the romantic subtext between Xena and her partner Gabrielle.

"I need someone to come in with a point of view about what they want to do", said Salke.

"There is no reason to bring back Xena if it is not there for the goal of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s", Grillo-Marxuach said.

"But there was a shot of the main title where Xena is kissing a male lover but it's shot over his back and he had a ponytail and [the network was] like 'It looks like she's making out with a woman!'"

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