The X-Files is a series that thrives on mystery, but ever since a new iteration of the program was announced earlier this year, the big mystery has been when the new season will hit the airwaves. That is aside from the utterly vague “Coming Soon,” of course. Well, this is TV Upfronts week, the time of year when networks announce their slate of new shows for the next TV season and where and when those shows might be viewed. Monday, was Fox‘s turn to announce their fall schedule, and though The X-Files ain’t on it, there is now a release date for the new season. We just have to wait for the end of football season. (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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.
A while back, we shared some news about the possibility of another X-Files film making its way to theaters. While there are no solid plans as of yet, the two main stars, David Duchovny and Gillian Andersen, as well as Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz are all ready to go should Fox give them the thumbs-up. Unfortunately, it’s still in limbo, though Spotnitz had a few things to say about the X-Files in general.
He stated that there is no script yet, but that if it ever got made the story would be aimed at finishing up the main plotline, thus putting a cap on the franchise. He also expressed his belief that while Fox may opt out of making a third film (mostly due to the crap performance of the second), they likely wouldn’t go long without thinking seriously about a television reboot. Considering the value of the X-Files brand name and the tendency of studios to recycle their popular copyrights, a second run at the show wouldn’t be much of a stretch.
And so, the X-Files continues to remain ignored if not forgotten. What do the NerdReaders think? X-Files movie #3 or a complete reboot for the series?
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.