We’re rounding the corner toward home on Breaking Bad, a series spearheaded by Vince Gilligan, an X-Files alumnus who studied at the foot of Chris Carter. With AMC looking to forge ahead with its next generation of dramatic excellence, they may be looking for an assist from the X-Files all-father himself.
Chris Carter is working on the formative stages of a new TV series for AMC, but he isn’t exactly mapping out the show for us in its entirety. Vague and a bit mysterious – Carter has revealed that the show will be based off of a book and that he is currently writing the second draft of the script. He also let it be known that the show “owes to the X-Files” and his new-found fascination with cable TV news.
Here’s a bit more from Carter’s interview with Vulture.
“I think that I am treading on some of this interesting ground that Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange have uncovered for us. [...] I’ve become very interested in the spectrum of political discourse as seen on the cable news channels that are conveniently right in a row on my cable provider’s dial [...] I can flip from Fox to CNN to HLN to MSNBC, and I find myself at night flipping it back and forth through them, and it’s something of an addiction. Not necessarily for the content but for the context. And I’m writing about it.”
Right now, there is no timeline for when this project will move forward, but we already know that Carter has other irons in the fire, namely The After, an apocalyptic drama that could be heading for Amazon. Besides that, there is also the persistent chance that we’ll one day see another X-Files project.
The show celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary this year with a celebratory and nostalgic panel at San Diego Comic Con wherein there was some interest expressed for a follow-up to the second X-Files film, I Want to Believe, but nothing firm.
Presently, Carter is overseeing an in-canon continuation of the X-Files in comic book form for IDW, so he’s still in that world to a degree, but with The After and this mystery project, it’s nice to see Carter looking at other projects and opportunities to apply his skill-set – toward the goal of building something else that might become worthy of celebration in a decade or two.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for future updates on Chris Carter’s AMC mystery project.