Earlier this year, Fox executives told critics and TV writers that it was their intention to bring The X-Files back to their airwaves in some capacity. Although the show ended 13 years ago with only one poorly received movie to prop up interest in between, it seemed that seeing an X-Files revival was peaking after the simple announcement that this was something the business guys were looking at. But creator Chris Carter has shown interest, stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have come out in favor, so all that’s left it for everyone to sign their deals, and according to sources, that signing is said to becoming very soon for a two season commitment.
According to the website TV Wise, The X-Files is very close to being green lighted for a “short stack” of two season orders not to exceed 10 episodes per season. The shorter than average seasons are meant to make a return to the series more appealing to Duchovny and Anderson, who are both very busy actors. Duchovny is will next appear in the NBC summer series Aquarius, a drama that takes place against the backdrop of the Manson family murders in 1969, while Anderson will be featured as a series regular in the third season of Hannibal before returning for a third season of the BBC police drama The Fall.
TV Wise further revealed that once the deals are closed, production could begin on the new season of The X-Files as early as this summer, thus allowing Anderson to fulfill her duties on The Fall when production begins again on that series in Ireland closer to the end of this year.
As for further returns, TV Wise says that the likelihood of Frank Spotnitz is in doubt as he’s committed to being showrunner on the third season of Crossing Lines. Spotnitz was Carter’s right-hand man on The X-Files, writing or co-writing several of the series most important episodes as well as breaking the story of the first X-Files movie with Carter and co-writing the script for the second movie, I Want to Believe. On the casting end, TV Wise noted specifically if Mitch Pileggi will return or not, because you can’t have The X-Files without Assistant Director Walter Skinner. Fox hopes to have deals with all the relevant parties in place in the next couple of weeks.
So basically, all that’s left is to guess about what the new season of the show will entail, and what new secrets, conspiracies and monsters will be explored by Mulder and Scully. Is it too much to expect a crossover with Sleepy Hollow? The bigger question though is whether or not the X-Files fan base is still big enough to make the show a hit. After all, 13 years is a long, long time in pop culture years, and Fox had only some degree of success in resurrecting 24 from both a creative and commercial perspective. I guess we’ll find out if and when The X-Files goes forward.
We’ll have more news as it develops.