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Xena reboot, which would have made her ‘explicitly gay’, will not happen

Xena reboot, which would have made her ‘explicitly gay’, will not happen

Xena and Gabrielle were to be together in new series

The Xena: Warrior Princess reboot which would have made the title character explicitly gay is not happening.

Writer of The 100 Javier Grillo-Marxuach was announced as developing a revival to the beloved mythical 90s series.

He previously said: ‘Xena will be a very different show made for very different reasons.

‘There is no reason to bring back Xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s.

‘It will also express my view of the world – which is only further informed by what is happening right now – and is not too difficult to know what that is if you do some digging.’

However, the Hollywood Reporter is now saying Grillo-Marxuach left the project a few months ago.

And rather than find someone new, NBC has decided to cancel the revival entirely.

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said ‘nothing is happening on that right now’.

Xena ‘didn’t warrant the reboot’

After looking at ‘some material’, the network decided Xena ‘didn’t warrant the reboot’.

She suggested NBC might come back to it eventually ‘because it’s such a beloved title’, but the version that was in the works up until now ‘is dead’.



Grillo-Marxuach was one of the architects behind the CW’s The 100. Fans reacted angrily after a gay female character, Lexa, was killed off mere moments after she finally had sex with girlfriend Clarke. This was considered by many to be offensive to fans of the couple, and another example of the tired ‘dead lesbian syndrome’ trope.