‘X-Files’ Creator Chris Carter Returning To TV With ‘Unique’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 5th, 2013 at 2:09 pm,

It’s been 18 years since The X-Files landed on “The Fox Network”, and now its creator Chris Carter is returning to the television game with a new pilot. Unique is a supernatural police thriller focusing on a female lead.

…and that’s it. In true X-Files fashion, there’s a lot more questions than answers available to inquiring minds. Carter is set to both write and produce the pilot, but no real plot points are available, no other crew has been announced, and no names have been put forth for the female lead. (And before anyone asks, Gillian Anderson might be out of the question – the 43-year-old is set to play Miss Havisham in a Great Expectations miniseries next year.)

Carter spent the better part of a decade writing and producing all 201 episodes of The X-Files, not to mention The X-Files film in 1998 and its sequel The X-Files: I Want To Believe ten years later. With the exception of a documentary miniseries called Threads of Mythology, he hasn’t been involved in a TV project since the end of the series in 2002. X-Files is nothing less that a cultural icon, and it helped take The Fox Network from a small startup network to one of TV’s “Big Four.”

While it’s difficult to predict when a project the chances for a show that is so far out from even a pilot order, it’s hard to think that any cable or broadcast network wouldn’t at least be interested in Unique. Unfortunately, shows that combine a supernatural element with a more typical premise haven’t fared well in the last pilot season.

Ronald D. Moore’s supernatural cop drama 17th Precinct failed to secure a season order – even with half the cast of Moore’s Battlestar Galactica behind it. ABC’s period piece Poe, which pitted a fictional version of the famous poet against supernatural forces (and, oh yeah, he solved crimes as well) wasn’t ordered either.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on Unique as it makes its way through the studio system. Oh, and about those X-Files 3 rumors: Gillian Anderson said, “I hope it happensThere’s talk of it.”

How enlightening.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Oh how I miss the X-files…I really hope that Chris Carter can pull it off again, but its a different market nowadays with all the different sci-fi programs on network television as well as cable.

  2. lol gillian anderson 53, she’s ten years younger

    • HA! I think Michael Crider was only following the rule that you add 10 years to the age a woman tells you to get their actual age.

    • AHEM whoops. Thanks for the spot.

  3. I am glad to hear this but sadden that the writer did not mention Millennium which he also created.

  4. You forget about Millennium?

  5. loved loved loved the x-files, it would be cool to see what carter can bring to us this time around.

  6. Oh, I’ve just started re-watching the X-files. There’s nothing I could compare to these wonderful series.
    Many people say ‘The Fringe’ is somehow similiar to the X-files but I don’t agree. The only similiar point is that there is an FBI agent involved. That’s it.. Yeah, I miss X-files but it was time to finish this project. Nothing is endless in this world.

  7. Pretending not to care.

  8. Hhmmm? MMMM! X-Files was great, hope this new series does well also!

  9. B-list Pornstar Extra  you sir are a god amongst men you remind me of a young fox mulder.

  10. Carter did not write and produce HALF of the X-Files episodes, let alone all 201 of them. Some very talented people helped him get that series off the ground–none of them will be helping him on this one.

    Either it doesn’t get sold at all, or it flops out of the gate.

  11. I’m very excited to see what Carter comes up with. His stories are always very unique (no pun intended) and often do things not seen on other shows.

  12. Kim Manners was a huge help on the X files. It would be nice to see that type of show from Carter again.

  13. I can’t wait…it’s October 2012 WHEN??? I’m looking forward to it. I just found this through a search on looking for X-Files DVD Blu-Ray seasons and found this page…I really want to see the X-Files new stuff…so looking forward to it. Chris Carter is KING of TV…Can’t wait..

  14. Dude, you have got to make more x files shows. They were my favorite of all time.