There’s Some Bad News About That Queer Reboot Of ‘Xena’


Xena Reboot

The reboot of 1990s TV series Xena: Warrior Princess reboot which would have made the iconic character explicitly gay is no longer happening.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project’s mastermind Javier Grillo-Marxuach left over “creative differences” a few months ago.

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And NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke told the publication: “Nothing is happening on that right now.

“We looked at some material; we decided at that point that it didn’t warrant the reboot,” she said.

“I’d never say never on that one because it’s such a beloved title, but the current incarnation of it is dead.”

The original run of the mythical series was filmed in New Zealand and screened from 1995 until 2001.

Queer fans of the show viewed Xena – played by Lucy Lawless – and companion Gabrielle as a couple, a notion that was never fully confirmed on the show.

Grillo-Marxuach, who wrote science fiction drama series The 100, explained in March last year: “Xena will be a very different show made for very different reasons.

“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.

“It will also express my view of the world – which is only further informed by what is happening right now – and is not too difficult to know what that is if you do some digging.”