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Xena: Warrior Princess reboot not happening, say NBC

August 24th, 2017 by Dave Bowling Comments

It’s official, the next reboot-that-should-never-happen is off the cards. At least for now.

Plans to resurrect 90s/early 2000s sword-n-sorcery cheese-fest Xena: Warrior Princess have finally been put out of our collective misery. When talking to The Hollywood Reporter this week, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said of the reboot:

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.

Hopefully, this is a definitely never. The project seemed to be resting with Hades in the Greek pantheon’s equivalent of Development Hell since planned showrunner Javier Grillo-Marxuach parted ways with the project in April. Originally plans had been for a direct follow-up with stars Lucy Lawless and Renée O’Connor returning as Xena and sidekick Gabrielle respectively. However, less than 12 months later Lawless confirmed that the enterprise was a complete reboot with a new cast.

Look, Xena and its companion show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys were never gonna win any awards for writing, acting or effects. But they were fun, as you’d expect from any shows produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert that also starred the MIGHTY Bruce Campbell in a recurring role. It’s best to just leave them as-is, remember them as being a good laugh and highly entertaining, and move onto something else.

Also, no Lucy Lawless = wrong on a truly epic scale. So there.

Source: Den of Geek

Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...