NBC was all ready to bring back the charismatic heroine ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’, but then the plans were shelved due to creative differences.
Fans interested in a reboot of ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ were let down by NBC in 2017. If rumours are to be believed, something is cooking up with the reboot of ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’. Read below to learn more.
- Why are fans crazy about ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’?
- Why NBC shelved the reboot?
- Has there been a change of mind?
Why are fans crazy about ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’?
‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ was a ground-breaking series and there’s no doubt about it. Watching Lucy Lawless as Xena was like a breath of fresh air in the 90s TV landscape. With a bizarre mix of history and fiction, the show was best for its times.
People loved ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ for the way in which the series presented its female hero. From the opening narration which describes how “a land in turmoil cried out for a hero” to seeing Xena riding into battle with confidence, everything was mind-blowing.
Lucy Lawless was a heroine who looked like she could physically handle a fight while still being extremely attractive. She took inspiration from Carter and ‘Wonder Woman’, but her capability, confidence, and independence were exceptional.
Although the series had a white-dominated cast, the creators made an effort to introduce a more diverse cast. Xena’s early love interests was a black man, and Galyn Görg was Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world, offering a nice change from the usual blonde, blue-eyes.
The relationship on ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ between Xena and Gabrielle was the talk of the town. Though their relationship was never officially clearly stated to be romantic, they did kiss as early as season 2. All this and a lot more made ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ a ground-breaking show and fans are still crazy for it.
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Why NBC shelved ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ reboot?
Media had reported that NBC was developing a Xena reboot series, with Raimi and Tapert returning as executive producers, and that the show would premiere sometime in 2016. Lucy Lawless was supposedly returning to the series as Xena while also taking up a role in the show’s production.
But, Lawless tweeted that the reboot was a rumour and disappointment ran across all sections of fans. On August 13, 2015, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt again confirmed the news of reboot. Yes, ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ reboot was finally happening!
Tumblr Grillo-Marxuach made a statement that they will be “fully exploring” a relationship that was only shown subtextually in the first instalment. Several websites such as “The Guardian” and “Newsweek” lauded the news with headlines like “Xena will be an out and proud lesbian”.
Some fans were disappointed regarding the apparent erasure of Xena’s bisexuality, but Grillo-Marxuach explained, “It feels like – from a few sentences – everyone has already made up their mind about what it is I am doing. I would prefer people to be surprised by the story”.
Then, in April 2017, Grillo-Marxuach made a disappointing announcement that he had left the project because of “insurmountable creative differences”.
Has there been a change of mind?
Later, NBC announced that it had cancelled its plans for the reboot. But they did not entirely close the gates for the reboot of ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke later clarified saying,
“I’d never say never on that one because it’s such a beloved title but the current incarnation of it is dead”.
Rumours of NBC reconsidering the reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess with new writers is afloat once again in 2020. Social media has found food for discussion and debates around the reboot. Some fans crazily want it while others think that the dead reboot idea of ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ should remain dead. NBC hasn’t made an official announcement on the reboot yet. So that’s that!
Let’s wait to hear from the horse’s mouth. Till then share your views about ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ in the comments box below.