The truth is still out there, and presumably so is interest in seeing a revival of The X-Files. Fox announced that the possibility is out there last weekend at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, to bring back the successful 90s supernatural procedural in some kind of limited form a la 24: Live Another Day, or Heroes Reborn. Easier said than done, right? It all rides on whether or not original X-Files stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson a) have the time to add the project to their schedules and b) have the interest in returning in the first place. Well wouldn’t you know it, at least one-half of that dynamic duo says they’re ready, willing and able to trust no one again.
According to an interview with USA Today, the artist formally known as Fox Mulder said he is “more than happy and excited to bring it back and do it again.” That’s doubling fascinating since Duchovny was the guy that always seemed dissatisfied on The X-Files set demanding a change in venue from Vancouver to L.A., only committing half-time to season eight, and bailing almost completely on season nine. Of course, Duchovny has a caveat for a Mulder reprise…
“I’m assuming that it will happen sooner rather than later now. We’ll see what form, how many [episodes]. Certainly I can’t nor would I be interested in doing a full season. It will be in some kind of limited form. We’re all old, we don’t have the energy for a full season.”
Fair enough, although I think if an X-Files comeback is in the offing, it will be in some kind of limited form like 24, or the recently greenlit Twin Peaks. That leaves Anderson, who, in previous statements, has been game for a continuation of the show via a third movie, but has yet to say anything about the potential of bringing the show back to TV. But there is more than just the will standing in the way of an X-Files return, especially in Anderson’s case, there’s time.
For one thing Anderson has two hit series, she’s the star of the British cop drama The Fall and she’s a recently-upgraded-to-full-time-status cast member of NBC‘s Hannibal. Duchovny meanwhile is one of the co-stars of NBC’s upcoming Charles Manson-inspired drama Aquarius. Really, the only person that looks like they might have the time right now is X-Files creator Chris Carter. His pilot for Amazon, The After, will not being going to series. (On the other hand, the new pilot from his former co-executive producer Frank Spotnitz, The Man in the High Castle, looks good to go to series on Amazon.)
On the plus side, it looks like we all agree that more X-Files is what we want. There is a template! IDW is publishing X-Files “season 10” comics that features the continuing adventures of Mulder and Scully, re-instated to the X-Files, and back with the FBI investigating the unknown and the paranoid. It features an ongoing alien conspiracy story arc, including the return of Krycek and the rise of the neo-Syndicate, along with the standalone “monster-of-the-week” stories. It has Carter’s approval, but obviously it may not end up being canon if the show comes back to TV again. The last time that Duchovny, Anderson and Carter all worked on The X-Files was for the 2008 big screen movie I Want to Believe, which was a critical and commercial failure.
We’ll have more news on this story as it develops.
Source: Screen Rant