NBC has canceled plans for a “Xena: Warrior Princess” revival. Javier Grillo-Marxuach was on board as the showrunner and had said Xena would be openly gay in the reboot. The series would also have a focus on her lesbian relationship with her friend, Gabrielle. Grillo-Marxuach, known for his work on “The 100,” left the show due to creative differences in April.
It was speculated Grillo-Marxuach parted ways with the show because his plans to explore a lesbian relationship between Xena and Gabrielle was rejected.
“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 wrote in a Tumblr Q&A back in 2016. “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.”
The series was abandoned and another showrunner never picked up the project.