1993 was a good year for young, impressionable nerds: it gave us the high-octane hijinks of the Animaniacs, taught us how to judge a person by the content of their character with Bonkers and gave us a solid founding to pursue our dreams of one day getting abducted by actual space aliens with X-Files. The latter taught us some of the most important things about nerddom: how to pursue our dreams even when evidence points to the opposite, how to temper our expectations through scientific reasoning and lastly, how to plot out our very first, ultra-creepy slashfics.
Now, after decades of speculation, gigabytes’ worth of fanfiction, a meh kinda feature length film and the occasional bit of speculation, X-Files finally comes back to Television in a miniseries, starring nerd-favorite Fox Mulder (reprised by David Duchovny) and perpetual cynic Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson). But the good news doesn’t stop there, because Jimmy Kimmel added a little extra touch to the series promo, which aired on his Live Show.
When X-Files was released in 1995, I was just a wee lad of 10 years old. I was still governed by the tyranny of a bed time and the expectations that I be able to wake up and function in the morning for school. My folks understandably followed this childhood rule quite rigidly, with one very notable exception: I was allowed to stay up and watch The X-Files, my absolute favorite show at the time. It was the perfect blend of mystery horror, still 2 of my favorite entertainment genres, and had the ever lovely Gillian Anderson on its side. It was the perfect show. Now, by way of some miracle, we’ll get to spend more time in that amazing world. The best news, though, is that we got our hands on a nice little teaser to share with all of you fine nerds. Are you ready? (more…)
X-Files fans rejoice, for I bring you good news! We’ve been wondering if some of our favorite X-Files characters besides Mulder and Scully would be making a comeback for FOX‘s X-Files revival and now we’ve got word that those three ultra paranoid with good reason guys are coming back too. That’s right, Byers, Frohike, and Langly, better known as The Lone Gunmen will be making an appearance in FOX’s X-Files revival. (more…)
The X-Files revival is currently shooting in Vancouver with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, but there’s also a team working in Ashcroft. Some set pictures from the Ashcroft shoot show us some interesting things that many fans of the show might be happy to see. Mainly because those pictures may tie up some loose ends from the series finale. Here’s your SPOILER WARNING. If you don’t want to know more than bail out now. The rest of you go ahead and make your way to the plane’s cabin door, adjust your parachute straps, and make the jump. (more…)
Calling all hardcore fans of special agents Mulder and Scully! Get out your lotion and a box of tissues, hit the blinds, cover up the front of your X-box Kinnect, and make sure that you’re home alone. FOX has just release the first on-set image of our favorite non-dynamic duo, together again, after 13 blue-balled years (Ok, 7 years, if you count that 2008, big screen monster-of-the-week whatever, that happened) of rumors, maybes, we’ll-sees. (more…)
Every year or so, someone feels the need to ask one of the old X-Files crew about whether or not we’re going to be seeing a return to that classic, alien and monster-hunting series. And while most of the former X-Filers seem keen on the idea, the truth of the matter is that the franchise just isn’t making enough money for the company to want to green light more. Now, David Duchovny is stepping up to inform the world – yet again – that he’s ready, willing and able to get started on more X-Files whenever the universe commands. (more…)
Joe Harris is the screenwriter behind the classic horror film When Darkness Falls and The Tripper, and a comic book writer who has put words in the mouths of both Batman and the X-Men. Now, Harris has been tabbed to work with X-Files creator Chris Carter on the canonical comic, X-Files: Season 10 for IDW in addition to his critically lauded work on Image Comics’ Great Pacific. Oh yeah, and Harris also has a new graphic novel coming out this year.
We caught up with Harris on the show floor during Wizard World’s NYC Comic Con Experience and he was nice enough to break off a few moments to let us ask him about his new book (Wars in Toyland), whether his work in X-Files: Season 10 would remain intact should another X-Files film come to be, and which fan favorite characters will join Scully and Mulder in the comic as the series goes on.
What can you tell me about Wars in Toyland?
Joe Harris: I guess it’s being billed as an all-ages story, but it’s kind of a dark fantasy. It’s very much a child themed adventure story, but with some dark elements because I think kids can handle stuff like that.
It’s about a boy named Matthew that gets sucked into this world where all of the toys he shared with his older brother, Alex, have come to life and are walking and talking of their own accord, but they’re also caught in this brutal, crushing civil war. And Matthew is an unlikely leader who they [the toys] think is going to deliver them from the evil clutches of Roxbury, who’s this teddy bear despot who has all the toys enslaved and is making life miserable and hellish in Toyland.
Matthew is reluctant, he just wants to get home with no idea how to get home until he discovers his older brother Alex has recently run away. The story opens with Matthew sort of playing on his own and kind of dealing with the fact that his brother is missing and no one knows where he is and we find out his brother may be in fact a prisoner or Roxbury.
So now he has this kind of added “oomph” to go find him and see if he can figure out someway to save these toys, find his brother and get home. Only he soon learns that things are not quite what they seem and his brother may be more connected to what is wrong with this world than he was previously lead to believe. So it starts getting a little complicated and a little dark, but I think it’s a pretty action packed story.
Adam Pollina is drawing it — who’s an old friend of mine — and it’s bound on the short end, so it opens kind of landscape wise. So it’s going to be told in really big sweeping vistas and double-page spreads. Gorgeous book, like I said; dark, high adventure, some pretty colorful characters, some of which include wooden soldiers that sort of march in lock step and salute Matthew as their leader.
You said that it’s all ages, but a bit darker — what are some of the inspirations and projects that you grew up with that respected kids a bit more, didn’t talk down to them?
Harris: Oh, God. Well, I mean, just reading or rather watching the Rankin and Bass version of The Hobbit when I was a kid sort of inspired me because watching Bilbo Baggins interact with Gollum was fascinatingly dark , and yet I was watching this in elementary school. Babes in Toyland on Thanksgiving morning, the March of the Wooden Soldiers.
I don’t even know if the movies holds up today that were whole and hearty, but it’s something really inspiring about the toys gathering together to go fight the boogie men down in the down in the well to go save Bo Peep and all that. A Wrinkle in Time, Wizard of Oz, I found these fascinating in a way that still holds up because there’s something universal I think that about the spirit of want to prevail and needing to get home. So yeah, stuff like that really inspired me.
With X-Files, it’s in continuity, if they make another movie, what happens to this story? Is this stuff still locked in?
Harris: Yes. Chris Carter is overseeing this and he has advised me in terms of what he would not like us to do, otherwise I’ve had a free hand. If there were to be a third movie, we would massage and orchestrate to make it work.
There’s a Lone Gunmen tease at the end of the first issue. What other familiar characters are you looking to work in?
Harris: Well, we already teased the Cigarette Smoking Man for number three, so he’s going to make an interesting return. All is not as it seems, is what I keep telling people, but the character most people will recognize, will play a role in this series going forward. And we’re going to bring back a lot of old concepts; villains, heroes, those people that were kind kind of in the middle, where you never knew if they were friend or foe. What can I tell you with out teasing some names?
I can say what we said in the past — which isn’t a confirm or deny — but I’d like to get into things like the syndicate. I’m a big Alex Krycek fan, so I’d like to work some of that back in. I’m a fan of the mythology from way back, so we’re really going to get into the alien mythology and try and get that on it’s feet and revisit all that stuff you could imagine, like the black oil, shape shifters, and kind of propelling that mythology while not treading on any territory a potential third movie might address.
There are other things we’re definitely going to do to deal with that threat and this never-ending idea that we don’t know the truth and that its out there somewhere. In terms of classic monsters, I don’t want to tease anything specifically, but I think fans are really going to wet themselves when they see who we’re bring back in issue 6, which is our second story arc.
Wars in Toyland comes out on July 12th from Oni Press. X-Files: Season 10 #2 comes out on July 17th from IDW.
Mulder and Scully are back in action this June thanks to IDW Publishing.
There was an X-Files fueled squeal heard ‘round the Internet this morning as IDW announced their plans to bring Mulder and Scully back to action this summer. The San Diego-based publisher will reprint key collections from The X-Files comics from Topps and Wildstorm, covering a comics history that spanned from 1995 to 2006.
In addition, IDW will launch a new ongoing series, catching up with the paranormal investigators after the events of 2008’s movie, I Want To Believe.
No word on a creative team for the series (though comic writer Brian Wood took to twitter to say that he had been approached, but couldn’t fit it in), or if this comic continuation will follow Dark Horse’s Buffy comic blueprint (which is written almost exclusively by former show writers), but X-Files executive producer Frank Spotnitz mentioned being “in touch with the editor at IDW.”
The possibility of new Spotnitz X-Files stories is almost too amazing to comprehend and speaks volumes to not only Spotnitz’s influence as a writer, but to the popularity of the franchise as a whole.
Given past successes with 20th Century Fox-owned properties, IDW should do Mulder and Scully – and their rabid fans – justice. X-Philes have followed these characters through 9 seasons, 202 episodes and two movies. Even now, coming up on the 20th anniversary of the pilot episode, X-Philes want more – and, thanks to IDW, they will finally get it.