This time next week, we will have seen the first episode of the revived X-Files and will be eagerly, or not so eagerly, awaiting the second episode, which airs a week from tonight. We don’t know yet if these six episodes are the last X-Files we’ll never get, but even if they completely bomb, it still seems unlikely that this will be the last X-Files ever, and that includes both the small screen and the big screen. With the hype already high for The X-Files, creator Chris Carter is floating the idea that the show might go on… in a third franchise movie. But only if the budget’s big enough.
While talking to Entertainment Weekly about the future or the Files, Carter discussed the possibility that more episodes, or a third movie, will continue the X-Files story. Why are we talking about what happens after the sixth and final episode of the upcoming run? Because it apparently ends in a “huge cliffhanger.” To tie that off, Carter is suggesting that another X-Files movie could be in the works, but to make it work, the powers that be will have to, to borrow a phrase, show him the money!
“If there is a third movie it’s got to be a gigantic movie. It would have to be a big-budget movie; that’s what X-Files fans want. We tried to do a very small movie about faith the second time out. And it was released in the middle of summer tentpole movies. It was a misstep in that way. I think [a third movie] has to be more like the first movie.”
Sounds like Carter is daring them to pony up the money for another X-Files movie, but will they? I also remember a lot of discussion around the last X-Files film, I Want to Believe, being about how everyone wanted a smaller, standalone X-Files story, or pretty much the opposite of what the 1998 film, Fight the Future, was. I guess we’ve come full circle then. Will anyone want more X-Files when this new series is over though? That’s the real question we need to answer before we start shaking out the details like budget.
The X-Files relaunches this Sunday on Fox.