Chris Carter Confirms He Has Written a Third ‘X Files’ Film

By January 15, 2016

We’re just a few days away from the premiere of FOX’s highly-anticipated miniseries revival of The X-Files, which will be reuniting Mulder and Scully (Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny) in the present day alongside some other returning characters from the original series (as well as a slew of new faces), as they try and find the truth hiding behind some new, intriguing conspiracies.

However, creator Chris Carter has recently revealed that in the interim period when there wasn’t any new X-Files material coming out, he actually wrote the script for a third feature film installment in the franchise, before FOX went ahead and moved forward with the revival series.

While speaking at the TCAs, Carter commented on the script’s existence with the following:

“I actually wrote a third movie, just because I was interested in the idea of where that might go. I let my wife read the third movie, and she said ‘I think not for television.’”

When asked if he might pursue the project in the future, when the revival series is over, Carter replied that he’d rather work in the television world for the time being:

“I’m waiting for Fox to come back and ask for more. Then we’ll talk about it.”

Those of you that have been paying attention will probably have noticed the less-than-stellar reviews that the revival series has been receiving over the past few weeks too, and depending on how well the complete 6-episode run is met by audiences, the possibility of any future films from the property might vanish before they can even get off the ground.

Although, FOX head Gary Newman said that the hardest part of keeping the series going has been finding the right time for both Duchovny and Anderson, who have had rather busy schedules over the past few years:

“The biggest impediment to going forward with The X-Files was the schedules of David and Gillian. Even the other night at the premiere, we were all laughing and joking about doing this again.”

Right now, The X-Files seems to have more skepticism surrounding it than it ever has before, with many wondering if the series has outlived its welcome. Personally, I’m keeping hope alive that the rest of the miniseries will be able to pick up the quality that its first episode is said to lack, and seeing how good the season’s standalone episodes end up being will likely help me form my opinion moving forwards. Here’s to hoping that The X-Files hasn’t finally met its match in old age.

The X-Files revival is set to premiere on FOX on Sunday, January 24th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    Can’t wait for the Revival, I liked the Movies but never thought they were as good as the original show, Also can’t wait for Gillian to return in “The Fall” on BBC!