The X-Files returns – for real this time
There’s been a continual drip, drip, drip of stories about a possible new X-Files movie for some time now – back in July David Duchovny, currently starring in controversial series Californication (which I can’t decide if I like or not), said he was waiting on a script and it was really going to happen this time. Now 20th Century Fox have officially announced the movie will be going ahead, with filming due to commence on December 10th – presumably with the threat of a screen writers (and possibly actors) strike looming over Tinsel Town studios are keen to get productions going as swiftly as possible.
(Duchovny, Anderson and Carter on an X-Files team-building exercise)
The film still lacks a title, but it will star the original duo of Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), with series creator Chris Carter co-writing the script with Frank Spotnitz who also co-wrote the first X-Files feature film, although I’m not sure that’s much of an endorsement as the first movie just felt like a longer TV episode with a bigger budget to me. The X-Files was such a phenomenon at its peak in the mid 90s, but I think it tailed off poorly in final seasons, with the lead actors coming and going and becoming increasingly annoying as it failed to tie up the many conspiracy theory threads it had dangled in front of viewers (writers of Lost, take note). It will be interesting to see what they do with a new movie after such a long absence and to see if the X-Files can adapt to the 21st century.