Openly lesbian Xena reboot scrapped

Xena and Gabrielle's relationship will not be re-explored
Xena and Gabrielle's relationship will not be re-explored Photo credit: NBC

Hollywood can struggle with difficult notions, like paying men the same as women for the same job.

It's also apparently struggling with rebooting a beloved TV show, because of the planned focus on the lesbian relationship between its two protagonists.

US network NBC was looking at rebooting cult favourite Xena: Warrior Princess, the '90s series that featured a not-so-sub-textual lesbian relationship between female protagonists Xena and Gabrielle.

Two year ago, NBC announced plans to revive the series alongside head writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, of Lost fame.

Grillo-Marxuach intended to fully explore the relationship between the two female leads - however, he walked away from the production in April this year, citing "creative differences".

Now, the reboot has been axed.

It's bizarre timing given that Amazonian warrior princesses are in vogue right now after the smash success of Wonder Woman, along with the success of reboots of Twin Peaks and The X Files.

Rumours are flying that NBC was not ready to produce a show with two openly lesbian protagonists.

"I'd never say never on that because it's such a beloved title, but the current incarnation of it is dead," says NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke told The Hollywood Reporter.

She is offering a glimmer of hope that one day this show will happen - but for now, RIP openly gay Xena reboot. You were too good for this world.