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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 23:46

So there will be no Xena reboot and this is not such a bad news

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NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke announced that the reboot of the series Xena: Warrior Princess was dead. This is not such a bad news.

"Nothing is happening on that right now. We looked at some material; we decided at that point that it didn't warrant the reboot," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'd never say never on that one because it's such a beloved title, but the current incarnation of it is dead."

It's not so bad because first, the main role would have been played by a new actress. Can you imagine Xena played by someone other than Lucy Lawless? I can't. And so, the story between Xena and Gabrielle, if it had been developed, would not have been the same.

Finally, this love story between Xena and Gabrielle would probably not have been part of the script.

Indeed, writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach decided to leave the project last April. Grillo-Marxuach was attached to develop this relationship between Xena and Gabrielle. Even though he did not mention why he left, he said that was due to creative differences.

"I’m heartbroken to have left the Xena project over insurmountable creative differences. The character is dear to me, and to millions of fans worldwide, and I truly believe that now — more than ever — a land in turmoil cries out for a hero. I truly hope that the alchemy of creative elements that have to come together to make possible either a reboot or revival of this amazing property will someday coalesce and that Xena will return in a way that does honor to what came before while looking to the future," he wrote.

In an interview in 2016, he had clarified that the love relationship between the two main characters was truly central to his vision for the series.

"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," Grillo-Marxuach said.

So let's say that for now, it is better not to have a Xena reboot than to be disappointed.


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