Lance Henriksen Says ‘Millennium’ Movie Is Going to Happen

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Henriksen talks Millennium movie Lance Henriksen Says Millennium Movie Is Going to Happen

While he has been out promoting his latest project – the animated adventure TRON: Uprising - Lance Henriksen has stated that he believes a movie version of his cult television series Millennium could be hitting screens shortly. The show, created by Chris Carter (the man behind The X-Files) followed Frank Black (Henriksen), a member of the mysterious Millennium organization who had the skill of placing himself inside the mind of the criminal that he was tracking.

Millennium, which aired from 1996-1999, has a strong following and over the years there has been much discussion (and hope) that Henriksen’s Black would return to the screen in a movie adventure. Henriksen is of the opinion that now is the right time:

“I think it’s going to happen. I really do… There’s a big push on right now and there’s a lot of crazy people involved in it. They’ve written a book with interviews with everybody that was on the show including [Frank] Spotnitz and me… It’s crazy that you wouldn’t give it a shot. It doesn’t have to be a $30 million movie either. There’s a lot of fans out there in 65 countries. I can’t go into any other country without them wondering when the movie is going to be made.”

The Aliens and Terminator actor went on to explain that the world has become a radically different place since Millennium ended its run thirteen years ago, and this change could be instrumental in the film’s plot:

“Ever since 9/11, the world has changed so radically. If Millennium was made today with those characters, it would be a far more interesting show than the limited palette they had with serial killers. I love the idea of a non-judgemental character like Frank Black was… He wanted to know why and how all these things happened, but he knew that judging someone for what they’ve done would just get in the way of finding out things. Imagine that kind of morality and focus, like a master chess player. There’s beads on a string and suddenly you’ve got a necklace. He knew how to do it. It would be much more interesting now than it was then.”

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It would seem like Henriksen is interested in taking a film version of Millennium in a new direction, and possibly moving it into politically charged territory on the worldwide playing field, much like 24’s Jack Bauer:

“When you trap a guy like Frank Black, who has that kind of imagination and you put him in a world like Bulgaria where everything is in Cyrillic and he can’t communicate actively with a lot of people, he has to do it in another way. I’ve thought of how it could be done. You just keep moving the pressure in on him about this kind of terrorist stuff. A terrorist plot. The pressure keeps building and building and building until you realize that that pressure gave him all the answers he needed. You would be gasping for air to wonder what is going to happen to this guy.”

The television run for Millennium was cut short after just three seasons, and the final plot strands were tied up in an episode of its sister show The X-Files. That show went on to have two big feature films (to mixed results), and fans have always been eager to see Frank Black have the opportunity to continue his adventures on a larger canvas.

In 2009 we reported that Henriksen had been approached by private investors who wished to produce an independent film version of Millennium. At the time we spoke with Henriksen’s friend and his Bone Dry director Brett A. Hart, who told us of his interest in directing the potential film:

“As a tremendous admirer of “The Millennium Series” I’m of course very intrigued by the recent rumors that there may indeed be a full length feature on the horizon. If anyone can get “Millennium” made its Lance and it’s been a long time coming. It’s time to give the fans what they’ve been patiently waiting to see… More insight into the aberrant world of Frank Black… while further elevating and merging storylines, characterization and visuals… and finally closure for one of the finest series ever created. Let’s hope as the title sequence suggest “The Time is near”… and As I’ve already publicly stated… my passion and conviction for the series is so deep that I’d direct “Millennium – The Movie” for free just to see it on the big screen.”

There are complicated rights issues that need to be sorted if an independent producer wants to bring a Millennium film to the screen. The show is owned by 20th Century Fox, a studio that likes to maintain a firm grip on its franchise properties (rightly so, after it gave away the Star Wars sequel rights to George Lucas), but this could potentially be a risk-free way of making use of the Millennium brand, without having to stump up the cash.

This is all pure speculation, but if anyone is privy to such information then it would be Henriksen, who seems confident that a Millennium movie could be on the way.

As always, Screen Rant will keep you posted on any developments regarding Millennium.

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    • Your message was a bit cryptic. Do you want to see this or not? :-D

  2. Loved that show. Better than X-Files.

    • Agreed.

      • And I loved the X-Files. :)

      • Not better than X-Files…NO. And the second X-Files movie would have been much better if it had followed along with the mythology string.
        Not even lost was better than the X-Files. Actually, Millenium was just too depressing. Gave my boxed sets away to the local library.

    • Loved both shows, just seems like X-Files went on a few seasons too long and Millennium got short changed in regards to being allowed to finish it’s run.

  3. wow. Cant really say i ever thought that would happen. I was a HUGE fan of the X-Files..well, all but the last season, but i never caught this show. Think i’ll pick up some boxsets

    • It is well worth the price.

  4. First time I watched the show was with the episode with KISS and after that I was hooked, it would be cool to see a movie about it.

  5. If anyone has updated info, it’s http://www.tiwwa.info. They’re the group that has really pushed, along with Lance (the eternal optimist) to get things rolling again. I’ve been a fan since the show was on and a member of the boards there on and off ever since and over the last year, they’ve really pushed to get things off the ground. As much as I’d LOVE to see a film, it’s hard to hold out hope that it would ever happen. I don’t even know if Carter is writing or directing any more.

    • I’m mainly familiar with the Back to Frank Black Campaign (http://backtofrankblack.com/). Troy Foreman and Jim McLean are the two guys primarily behind it, and Lance is a big supporter of the campaign.

  6. Excellent show! Bring on the film!

  7. lance on screen. enough said!!! in the mean time,id love to see him popping up on fringe..

  8. Love Henriksen so yes…

  9. Sure hope this pans, love the show much just like I love the xfiles..would be cool if they got some of the cast back for the film

  10. Need to make a Millennium movie and X-Files film(featuring the Alien Govt story arc) not a stand alone story like “I Want To Believe”

  11. BacktoFrankBlack is the one who has worked for a Millennium film..www.backtofrankblack.com. Although TIWWA is a resource for Millennium information and I am a member of their forums, they are not the ones pushing for the movie..I’d love to see Frank Black on the big screen..fingers crossed!

  12. TV / Cable film…? Yes. I can see it happen.
    Theatrical? Not a chance.

    • Back to Frank Black agrees, which is why they’ve been targeting FX lately, hoping to get them interested in the idea of doing a TV movie.

      • Kinda have to agree if there is no way to make a theatrical movie, just no syfy studio behind it.

  13. I want Lone Gunmen!!

  14. I have to say, I loved the first season but the other two, considerably less so.

    • I loved the first two seasons. The third one is the only one I disliked. Quite a letdown after the amazing season 2 finale.

      • The third season was at first not supposed to happen. Carter rushed his story to finish it during season 2 because of this. When FOX re-nrewed the series for a third season a new story needed to be developed and it suffered a bit from it. I did, however, enjoy the third season more after re-watching it.

      • The first season has a real darkness to it, some really creepy, terrifying stuff.

        • that’s for sure.

  15. Upon further reflection and having read others posts, I too, believe it would be better to have it as a TV series again. PLUS, that would mean more FRANK BLACK every week. :)

    • From what I’ve heard, Lance isn’t too interested in doing an actual weekly television series. Doing Millennium was pretty rough, and he’s not eager to jump back into that kind of scheduling again. But he seems open to the TV movie idea. I would hope that they’d do a series of movies if the first one was successful.

  16. An illustration I did of Mr. Black some years ago.
    http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs14/i/2007/057/5/9/Lance_Henrickson_by_ejtomlinson.jpg