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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Fox Confirms Talks to Reopen THE X-FILES


The truth, it seems, is still out there.

Entertainment Weekly has word that Fox has confirmed previous rumors that they are in discussions to bring back The X-Files, the much-beloved science fiction/horror television drama starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson that ran on Fox for nine seasons from 1993 to 2002.

According to the article, Fox chairman and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman say they have been in talks with series creator Chris Carter about reviving the series.  The executives also revealed they hope to have Duchovny and Anderson reprise their roles.

"It’s true that we’ve had some conversations on X-Files," said Newman.  "We’re hopeful of being able to bring that back at some point."

Walden added, "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."

Amazon recently passed on Carter’s new post-apocalyptic series project The After, so the writer-producer may have some time on his hands.  Duchovny, now 54, has an upcoming NBC event series, Aquarius, while Anderson, now 46, has a recurring role on NBC’s Hannibal.  Presumably, both actors would have to be contractually cleared of their commitments to NBC before signing on for an X-Files relaunch.

The last time the idea of bringing back The X-Files was mentioned was back in 2013, when Duchovny and Anderson said they were open to return for a third X-Files feature film during a 20th anniversary panel discussion.  Since then, all X-Philes have had to enjoy are reruns of the TV series on Chiller and El Rey Network, along with the excellent The X-Files Season 10 comic book series from IDW Publishing.


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