‘X-Files’ Creator Developing New Show for AMC

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X Files 3 Without Script Reboot Possible X Files Creator Developing New Show for AMC

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.

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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.

Source: Vulture, Deadline, TV Guide

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  1. Some kind of show about a news corporation that subtly releases hints at behind the scenes goings on in government – including mysterious and paranormal/inter-dimensional materials – through their use of language and on-screen graphics so as to reveal info to those looking for it but go completely over the heads of those who just use network news to feed them information about world events and don’t read between the lines?

    That’s how it sounds to me.

    • if you have watched the x files you will understand what he is trying to get across.

      • I have seen The X Files, since it first started airing in the UK in the early 90s.

        That’s why I said what I did because it fits with The X Files theme. Conspiracy theories “hidden in plain sight” during a mainstream news broadcast so that only those who seem to have a similar line of thinking will pick up on the hints through the body language and speech of the characters while others will see it as just a regular news broadcast.

        No idea why you’d be so condescending. Maybe YOU haven’t seen The X Files or didn’t understand what I said in the first post or both?

  2. Is he thinking Newsroom?

  3. Need another X-Files movie, but one that concentrates on the thiongs that made the series good: black oil, alien abductions, government plots, shape-shifters, etc. Get mulder, Scully, Doggett, any other alumni to appear, and bring us back where we want to be, like in the olden X-FDiles days! I bought the entire series plus movies on DVD, and they are excellent in the main (except the 2nd. movie sucked and when they try to do a tongue in cheek episode, those are not much good, either, but most episodes rock unless they get a bit confusing).

    • Yeah most seasons of xfiles are great. There was one episode Carter directed where Mulder was in the bermuda triangle and it was fantastic scully was on board in a different timeline with Nazi’s and uber long track shots that I’ve never seen done on Tv at that time.
      If anything all of the great shows that air now owe some props to Carter and the xfiles in general. It really broke the mold of how television can be done, and done well.

      • The two were on a Cruise ship.

  4. Sounds like another ‘Rubicon’ to me.

  5. what’s the point? The show ended. Why drag it back from the dead?