NBC Won’t Continue With ‘Xena’ Reboot

Since 2014 a reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess was in development, eventually finding a home at NBC. Series co-creators Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi were both on board, and Javier Grillo-Marxuach had been writing the adaptation. Unfortunately for fans that wanted to see this happen though, the project seems officially dead at the network.

THR is reporting that NBC is officially not going forward with the reboot. This follows Javier Grillo-Marxuach’s departure from the reboot a few months ago, and it doesn’t look like they’ve found anyone to replace him.

According to THR, that while the current incarnation is dead, NBC may still be interested in eventually rebooting the franchise down the road. Personally, I don’t think die hards should hold their breaths. One of the main reasons rumored that Grillo-Marxuach departed the show for was that he wanted to focus on the relationship between Xena and Gabriel.

If the network doesn’t want that to be a major part of the reboot, I’m not sure what value it has. Pretty much every other angle was already fleshed out in the original series, and if the reboot can’t make overt what was implied or under explored the first time around, what’s the point?


Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

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