One of the most iconic sci-fi television series of the 1990s, Fox’s “The X-Files” captured the imaginations of millions of viewers, while also tapping into the zeitgeist of the time. The investigations by Agents Mulder and Scully proved popular enough to warrant the creation of two feature films, with one arriving between the fifth and sixth seasons of the series, and a second one arriving in the summer of 2008, six years after the series had concluded.
Now, though, word has come down via EW from top executives at Fox Television about the hopes of some kind of television revival of the popular series. During the winter press tour of the Television Critics’ Association, Fox chairman and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman revealed that they’ve been having early discussions with series creator Chris Carter about bringing the show back. Whether or not it would be a reboot is a little nebulous at this point, but Walden and Newman did say that they wanted the original stars back to reprise their roles in the most ideal scenario. That would seem to hint at more of a continuation, but the language isn’t exactly clear from the language of the statements.
In discussing their hopes for the show, Walden said,
Gary and I both worked [at 20th Century Fox Television] through the entire run of The X Files. It was a great experience. We’ve maintained good relationships with Chris, David and Gillian. 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 biggest questions surrounding the returns of Carter, Duchovny, and Anderson revolves around their availability. While Carter’s newest series effort at Amazon, “The After,” was turned down, both Duchovny and Anderson have upcoming television work that could prevent their return at least in the short term. Duchovny is working on an upcoming event series for NBC called “Aquarius,” and Anderson has a recurring role on “Hannibal” at the same network. Whether they could get clear of those commitments is another question, but the fact that there is at least stated enthusiasm on the part of Fox should be very encouraging to fans of the show.
Hopefully, we’ll hear more about these plans in the coming weeks. Until then, keep an eye on GeekNation for any further developments on a return of “The X-Files.”
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