Sad news, fans of the Warrior Princess—the modern revival of Xena is no longer happening. In the wake of original showrunner Javier Grillo-Marxuach’s (The Middleman) departure, NBC has decided to close the book on a new Xena show... for now, at least.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC president Jennifer Salke flatly confirmed that plans to move the reboot forward were no more:
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.
First announced two years ago, the reboot—which was to be showrun by Grillo-Marxuach and executively produced by original Xena producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi—would have cast new actors in the roles of Xena and her longtime ally Gabrielle and intended to explore the romantic undertones of the two character’s relationship in a way the original series never explicitly could.
So for now, Xena and Gabrielle will have to wait a bit for their return to TV—and when they do return, it’ll probably be in a much different form to what we were looking to get out of this attempted series.