UPDATED 3/24 10am PST: What was a rumor just a few days ago has now become a reality. According to Deadline, “The X-Files” is all set for a short-order revival at Fox, with Duchovny, Anderson, and Carter all returning for a six-episode run. The new episodes will begin shooting this summer, but there’s no solid information yet on when they will actually be aired.
Series creator Chris Carter released a statement to go with the news, saying,
I think of it as a 13-year commercial break. The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.
“The X-Files” is the latest in a series of other former TV shows to get new life either on their original networks or elsewhere, with Fox doing the same for “24,” while NBC and Netflix have taken up creating new material for other shows like “Heroes,” and “Arrested Development.” For more on the new “X-Files” episodes as they develop, keep an eye on GeekNation!
Original Story: Although it’s been off the air for nearly 13 years, Fox’s sci-fi television series “The X-Files” has managed to maintain a consistently loyal and passionate fanbase, resulting in the creation of a second theatrical release in 2008. For a while now, rumors have persisted about the return of “The X-Files” to television with all of the original creative minds, as well as the key involvement of actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. If the latest rumor is to be believed, then we might be getting ever closer to a television revival of the beloved series.
According to TV Wise, Fox is very close to giving an official greenlight for a “short order” revival of the series, in a range of 6-8 new episodes. Part of the reason for the low episode count is to devote the alotted time to closing out several lingering story arcs that were explored in the series, which, as the original report puts it, “to the dismay of fans, were left unresolved by the second feature film I Want To Believe.” Part of the reasoning is also the all-important element of scheduling, as both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson continue to regularly work across television. In addition to the primary duo of Duchovny and Anderson, the report also states that a deal has gone out to Mitch Pileggi, who played FBI assistant director Walter Skinner, an important adversary-turned-ally of Mulder and Scully.
On top of the performers, series creator Chris Carter is expected to return and pen all of the new episodes while simultaneously serving as executive producer. Writer/producer Frank Spotnitz’s involvement is reportedly desired by Carter, but he’s apparently committed to executive producing the third season of “Crossing Lines,” which is currently shooting in France.
Whatever ends up happening, the prospect for new “X-Files” material is exciting, and we’ll be sure to keep an eye on this should it develop further.
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