The Xena Warrior Princess Reboot Has Been Killed Off At NBC

Given the huge surge in nostalgia properties recently, you would have thought NBC would be jumping at the bit to get a Xena Warrior Princess reboot off the ground. Alas, reports indicate that NBC has opted to pass over a reboot for the popular programme.

That’s according to THR, which reports that the long in development reboot didn’t get anywhere near being produced. Jennifer Salke, now NBC entertainment president, stated;

“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.”

The Xena reboot was originally announced back in 2015. Originally Lost writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach was onboard to pen the script. Marxuach exited the project in 2016 over “creative differences” – indicating that all wasn’t well behind the scenes.

Xena: Warrior Princess remains a popular 1990’s television programme. Originally conceived as a spinoff to Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena Warrior Princess arrived in the fall of 1995. The show even managed to run for 134 episodes, finally bowing out in 2001. To this day, a cult following has developed around the show – which left the door open to a potential return.

I think it’s a shame, if only because a reboot of Xena might be fun. There’s a clear demand for high fantasy television shows right now, and Xena could be expanded to fit such a scope. Problem is that the script isn’t up to par – there’s little point in doing it. NBC obviously had no confidence in the direction of the rebooted project – thus opted to kill it off entirely. A shame, but for the best if it wasn’t up to standard, it might be best for everyone.

Would you want to see a Xena Warrior Princess reboot.

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