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.