By Jamie Rivera Published 03/14/2016 21:07:00 | Views: 4141

SINCE its 1995 television debut, action-adventure series Xena: Warrior Princess has been a lesbian cult favourite.

The show, which ran for six seasons until 2001, played up to its ever-growing gay fanbase, with a burgeoning romantic subtext between arse-kicking female warrior Xena (Lucy Lawless) and her helpful female assistant, Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor).

But their sexuality was never explicitly addressed in the show — until now.

Actor Lucy Lawless in a scene from the TV show 'Xena: Warrior Princess', in 1996 file photo.

Actor Lucy Lawless in a scene from the TV show 'Xena: Warrior Princess', in 1996 file photo.Source:AP

As with just about every other 90’s show at the moment, there’s a Xena: Warrior Princess reboot in the works, and the writer charged with breathing new life into the show says he plans to make explicit what could only be hinted at 20 years ago.

NBC has ordered a Xena pilot for writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The 100), and during a Q&A with fans on Tumblr (via Vanity Fair), he revealed that the two women would this time around be lovers:

“I am a very different person with a very different world view than my employer on the 100 — and my work on the 100 was to use my skills to bring that vision to life. xena will be a very different show made for very different reasons. 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. 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.”

Grillo-Marxauch’s reference to ‘different worldviews’ relates to a recent viewer backlash about the death of a lesbian character on The 100, which saw many fans ask why one of the few LGBT characters on mainstream television had to be killed off.

Xena: A warrior, a princess, and now, officially into girls.

Xena: A warrior, a princess, and now, officially into girls.Source:News Limited

While Xena herself, New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless, has been vocal about her interest in reviving the show in recent years, there’s no word yet if the star — now 47 — will reprise her role. However her husband Rob Tapert, co-creator of the original series, is involved in the reboot.

Last August, NBC’s Robert Greenblatt told The Hollywood Reporter he would love to have Lawless in a role — if her presence didn’t overshadow the new direction.

“I’m not sure how she could be part of it if she wasn’t playing Xena, and I don’t know if that’s a direction we’ll ever go,” he said.

By Jamie Rivera 03/14/2016 21:07:00

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