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Dear Lila
So it looks like me and Xena could be back! OK, so I know she was beheaded then burnt but I still have her ashes so anything's possible! Xena was crucified about 4 times and that never stuck, plus she's died a couple of other times - I've done it too. No worries! Of course it's been a while so we might come back looking a bit...different. Don't be surprised if we're young, skinny and blond. Oh wait, that's me anyway! I mean HOLLYWOOD skinny, not my 'abs of steel' look.
Isn't it funny how many old TV shows are coming back. Always did like The X Files, Prison Break has a similar 'dead hero' problem to us, and of course we're all dying to see more Heroes! (NOT!)

Tootles!
lots of love
Gabby


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!----STORY----> 20th March 2016 - Reboot Latest

The much talked about Xena reboot has been talked about even more lately after script writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach gained some internet notoriety for penning an episode of the popular CW show The 100 where a much loved female warrior who regularly kicked butt, ended up being killed off, not long after she and her lady-love consumated their relationship. Javi was the writer of the much discussed episode 307 'Thirteen' and the show's fandom went kind of bananas! To say there was a lot of anger was an understatement. For us Xena fans who lived through the 'A Friend in Need' wars, and Buffy fans who saw Tara killed off in a similarly brutal and senseless manner, it was nothing new. But in these much more social media savvy days, reactions were quickly shared. Javi showed real class by replying and re-tweeting the comments of fans who had valid and non-abusive arguments about the wrongness of the decision and in some of his responses, seemed to indicate that HIS version of XENA would not be so opaque about the true nature of the Xena/Gabrielle relationship.

  • I'm 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.

However, after the story was widely reported on the net (even The Guardian for goodness sake!), and Lucy herself commented Grillo-Mauxuach backtracked a bit on his Tumblr page after someone asked whether a network would go for a show with a gay lead.

  • A lot of assumptions of how and why and where and when were made from a quote that was mined from my blog. I am not going to say anything else about this project until I have a script and a production order because 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 be surprised by the story.
So pretty much back where we started then!



22nd December 2015 - News Updates, Xena stars on TV
The latest on the Xena reboot movie is that apparently a writer has been hired. Javier Grillo-Marxuach has written for Charmed, Medium and Lost and co-presents that rather fab 'Children of Tendu' podcast about how to be a TV writer. For me, this is good news - someone with a good track record and an experienced writer.Read this interview with him on cnet.com that makes me vaguely optimistic!
Of course, I would rather it was RJ Stewart, Steve Sears or Liz Friedman but we will see.

A little article today on what some of the Xena staff and stars have been upto lately as several of them are flourishing! The aforementioned Liz Friedman, Rose McIver, Shiri Appleby, Marton Csokas, Manu Bennett and of course Bruce and Lucy! Click here to read on



26th October 2015 - No news on Xena Movie, Ash VS Evil Dead soon
Nothing more about the possible Xena reboot that was around the TV news sites in August. However, this week seen the TV series on Ash vs The Evil Dead starring Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless. Sam Raimi and bis brother Ivan, plus Rob Tapert are all involved and the show is being filmed in New Zealand. Stay tuned..!


13th August 2015 - That Movie is ON!
So that movie that wasn't happening... IT'S ON!! The Hollywood Reporter carried the story today, but it isn't all good news..! NBC's Entertainment chairman is quoted as saying..

"Yes, we're in the early stages of developing a new take on Xena and we're looking for a writer. We want to do it […] We'd love to have Lucy be a part of it — if we felt that her presence didn't overshadow the direction we take with it. 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."

Which indicates a new Xena, which to be honest it always the most likely direction. The odds of a TV Network having a 47 year old female lead an action show are slim. For fans wanting to see Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor back, it looks unlikely. Still, the warrior princess back on TV with the right cast, the right tone and good writing could be fun... I feel an opinion piece coming on!


28th July 2015 - MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!??
The biggest news to hit the sleeping Xenaverse in years hit recently when it seemed a Xena reboot was on the cards! Lucy Lawless had been at Comic Con with the upcoming Evil Dead tv show and has always been quite positive about the possibility of a Xena movie. Several tv news outlets published stories about the show being relaunched and the speculation began about whether Lucy and Renee would be involved, who might be the new Xena (assuming Lucy is too old to swing a chakram these days!) and what exactly a modern reboot might be. Sadly, it appears to be nothing more than wishful thinking. Lucy herself tweeted it was just a rumour:
"Sorry, friends! news of a #Xena reboot is just a rumor. I'd love it to happen one day but it's still in the wishful thinking stage."
Oh well, we live in hope!


17th March 2015 - Updates
The next UK Xenafest is fast approaching - Saturday 28th March 2015 and we are combining it with Angie's birthday! Do come along and join in the fun.
In other Xena news, Lucy Lawless continues to pop up on TV. She is joining WGN show Salem (which I must admit, I gave up on!) for the second season. Lucy has also been announced as part of the Evil Dead TV series with Brice Campbell, reuniting with Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi.
2015 saw the final Xena convention organised by Creation Entertainment in LA recently - think they made it to 20 years of them which was pretty good going!


24th Jan 2014 - Updates

The November Xenafest was livened up by the presence of Jo, Anna and Andy, who dressed up for the fest! Jo has been one of the best Xena lookalikes for years and we all lines up for our photos with her! Such a good sport, thanks Jo! Anna and Andy contributed some wonderfully bawdy songs and entertainment to the evening too. Thanks to all of our organisers and attendees.
The next Xenafest will be on Saturday 19th July 2014. Don't miss it!



17th November 2013 - Updates

The 26th Midlands Xenafest approaches! It has been a year since our last one, so getting ready to do it all over again! Check out the details on the Fest Page or at the Facebook group
In the Xena world, Lucy Lawless has been eco-campaigning, while also getting back to singing, with a role as Mama Morton in a special version of Chicago in LA, while back in Auckland, she switched to playing Velma! Meanwhile, Ephiny herself, Danielle Cormack, has been blowing us away with her interpretation of another classic role. She is playing Bea Smith in the update of the legendary Prisoner:Cell Block H that aired on Channel 5 in the UK recently as Wentworth Prison. Essential viewing.

A couple of fantastic new TV shows to look out for from Xena writers/directors. Liz Friedman is attached, to 2 great shows. Elementary, the surprisingly good Sherlock Holmes reboot that stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Lui and she also co-wrote the first episode of probably my favourite show of the year, Netflix show, Orange is the New Black. Not sure if she is still involved, but it has been hugely popular.

Almost as popular is Orphan Black co-created by John Fawcett, director of (almost) everybody's favourite Xena episode When Fates Collide amongst others. Orphan Black is probably my other contender for best show of the year. It features a brilliant central performance from Tatiana Maslaney as a whole bunch of clones!

Meanwhile, Xena writers, Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster are attached to The Following, the frankly preposterous but kind of enjoyable serial killer/FBI agent story starring Kevin Bacon. Karl Urban, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman continue with their world domination! Do no€™t forget your Xena past fellas!!


Quiz Champions!4th November 2012 - Xenafest Total
Sorry, a bit behind updating here (does ANYONE still read this page?? Feel free to drop me a line if you do - email address right down the bottom of the page).
Anyway, Saturday 3rd of November saw us celebrate our silver anniversary - our 25th UK Xenafest. We had a quite a few people down with the flu so attendance was down a little, but we still raised a wonderful £1919.50 for the Manchester based charity Moodswings that helps people with mental health issues.
We had a Halloween theme to the quiz, a fancy dress contest and Dawn's decorations. Quite a few people were clearly Great British Bake Off inspired and brought along Halloween cakes too. A fun day was had by all and we are looking to plan Xenafest 26 for April/May 2013, so keep checking back here or why not join the Facebook Group page and join in the fun.


30th April 2012 - Xenafest Total
Our latest Xenafest was another big success and raised a magnificent £1,519. We were joined by comedian Ida Strokes, who was a hoot and got the karaoke going! The money raised is going to support the charity Moodswings, which helps those who have mental health difficulties.
Xenafest 25, our silver jubilee fest is booked and Saturday 3rd November needs to go into your diaries. A fun time is sure to be had by all! Check out the Fest Page for more details of the venue etc. Also visit the Facebook page and join in the fun.


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