Yes, I know, we can all feel old now. The X-Files turned twenty last month.
And while most of geekdom spent the past weekend at the New York Comic Con, stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reunited yesterday at the Paley Center for Media in New York for an X-Files 20th anniversary panel discussion.
The Associated Press had details of the event, which covered the Fox television series that aired nine seasons from 1993 to 2002, had two feature films (The X-Files: Fight the Future and The X-Files: I Want to Believe) and a shortly-lived spinoff series, The Lone Gunmen. Currently, there is an official continuation in The X-Files: Season 10 comic book series from IDW Publishing.
The good news is that Duchovny, now 53, and Anderson, now 45, are both open to making a third X-Files movie and reprising their roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. "All the principals are on board," said Duchovny, including X-Files creator Chris Carter. "Gillian and I want to do it, so it's really up to Twentieth Century Fox at this point."
Anderson said if fans want another film, they need to get the word out to the movie studio. "If it takes fan encouragement to get Fox interested in that, then I guess that's what it would be." Unfortunately, Fox did not return an email from the AP to comment on a third film.
Asked about where their characters left off in the 2008 film I Want to Believe, the two actors seemed a little uncertain. "Well, they (Mulder and Scully) were married the last movie," said Duchovny.
"Were we actually married?" asked Anderson.
"I believe so. That was my impression."
Even though their characters became romantically involved in the TV series and were a couple during I Want to Believe, it wasn't stated whether they were married.
In another article on the panel discussion from the Wall Street Journal, Anderson and Duchovny said they met at The X-Files audition when she asked him to practice a scene with her. Duchovny said only one other actor was considered for the role of Mulder, while Anderson said several, including Cynthia Nixon and Jill Hennessey, competed for her part of Scully. She remembered that her second audition was on a Thursday and by Saturday, they were in Vancouver, British Columbia, to shoot the pilot episode.
Both actors gave praise to Carter, who remained active in the series for all nine seasons despite also overseeing other shows. "He took so many risks in the scripts he wrote," remarked Anderson said. "He’s a perfectionist — I think that comes across in the episodes."
And for anyone interested in lobbying 20th Century Fox for that third X-Files movie, there's a petition up at Change.org. Let's get this movie made already, X-Philes! The truth is still out there...