After promising fans a return to the world of Xena: Warrior Princess and her wild adventures, the planned NBC reboot is apparently as dead as Xena herself was in the series finale of the original series.
"We looked at some material", Salke said. The potential reboot was first announced in 2015, with Lost writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach coming aboard to pen the script in 2016. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the original idea for the reboot is essentially dead.
Unfortunately, The Hollywood Reporter says that Grillo-Marxuach left the project a few months ago, and so rather than try to find someone new, NBC has made a decision to cancel the revival entirely.
It was speculated Grillo-Marxuach parted ways with the show because his plans to explore a lesbian relationship between Xena and Gabrielle was rejected.
NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke gave a very brief statement over Xena's cancellation.
O'Connor recently told Fox News she and Lawless have discussed the possibility of rebooting their hit show.
Grillo-Marxuach, who is a producer on the CW's dystopian sci-fi series The 100 and who wrote the episode in which lead character Clarke's female love interest was callously killed off immediately after the pair had consummated their relationship, was at the center of the backlash from that episode and vowed to do better in his depiction of queer characters moving forward. This new version would have seemingly followed the same premise, with new young actresses take on the roles of Xena and Gabrielle.
"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 wrote in a Tumblr Q&A back in 2016.
You could argue that Grillo-Marxuach did have a definite point of view, since his plans would have made canon what many in the fandom have speculated on and championed - Xena and her partner Gabrielle's romantic relationship.