The truth is still out there!
It looks like one of the greatest sci-fi/horror shows in television history is coming back to the small screen.
When the last X-Files movie, I Want to Believe (2008), underperformed at the box office, it appeared we had possibly seen the last of agents Mulder and Scully. But, in recent years, there have been rumblings of a return to the supernatural drama in some form or another, along with a willingness of the key participants, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and creator Chris Carter, to participate. Now, for the first time, Fox TV has expressed major interest in such a project.
At the Television Critics Association press tour last month, Fox TV Group executives confirmed that talks were ongoing with the primary players involved, in what would most likely be an abbreviated run of episodes, similar to the recently successful run of 24. Chief among the discussions would be getting everyone’s schedules to align to make this happen. Chris Carter recently had his Amazon series, The After, scrapped after only producing a pilot episode. Gillian Anderson is currently a part of two series, Hannibal, on NBC, and The Fall, on BBC and Netflix. Duchovny, meanwhile, having finished his seventh and final season of Californication on Showtime, also has an NBC series, Aquarius, in which he plays an undercover cop after Charles Manson and company before their infamous murder spree, set to air this summer. (Interesting that Duchovny and Anderson both have NBC shows featuring a notorious mass murderer/serial killer.) Duchovny, was recently on Late Night with Seth Meyers, promoting his first novel, Holy Cow, a story for kids and adults that entertains while tackling subjects like tolerance and animal rights. When asked about The X-Files, David said,
“Well, we’re all talking, we’re all trying to get it together, Gillian and I and Chris, yeah,
we’d like to do it.”
So, for all X-Filers out there (X Philes is the generally accepted name for X-Files fans, but X-Filers sounds cooler and is less confusing) this is all very exciting news. As to what types of stories fans might be getting, well, in 2013, at New York Comic Con, Duchovny said any future return would most likely include that of the alien conspiracy. So, rather than trusting no one, we all want to believe that Mulder and Scully will once again be stalking aliens, monsters and other things that go bump in the night.