The truth is still out there, and it could mean the return of Mulder and Scully. FOX co-chairman Gary Newman has confirmed the network’s attempt to rebootThe X-Files for a new season, adding that actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as well as the show’s creator Chris Carter are all interested.
“It’s true that we’ve had some conversations on X-Files,” Newman explained. “We’re hopeful of being able to bring that back at some point.” However, Newman stressed that a number of obstacles still stand in the way, specifically relating to the cast’s other commitments: Duchovny is set to star in a new NBC series called Aquarius, while Anderson has a re-occurring role on NBC’s Hannibal.
“We’ve maintained good relationships with Chris, David, and Gillian,” Newman added. “We’re very hopeful, but it’s hard. The actors are very busy. They have a lot going on. Chris has a lot on his plate, so it’s just trying to carve out the time.”
The X-Files ran on FOX for nine seasons between 1993 and 2002. A feature-length film based on the show was released in 1998 to positive acclaim. A sequel, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, was released 10 years later in 2008, but received negative reviews and performed poorly at the box office. There’s been talk of a third film, but a TV revival may be the more logical route. FOX just recently revived 24 for a new season and is also considering bringing Prison Break back to life.
In a June 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Duchovny discussed his interest in more X-Files: “I would always want to do it … wish we’d done more already. I wish the second [film] did better business. I think it did OK business, but not the kind of business where you get to do another one right away.”
Discussing the possible storyline of a new X-Files project, Carter told Empire Magazine that he hoped to “go back to the mythology” of the show, explaining, “The Colonization date has passed [December 22, 2012] and that is something we wouldn’t ignore.”
Below, listen to CoS Editor in Chief Michael Roffman and Art Director Cap Blackard talk to Carter about all things X-Files in a December 2013 episode of The Nerdy Show.