Fans of The X-Files have been discussing a possible third film in the science fiction series since the release of last year’s much-maligned I Want To Believe. While no concrete news has yet been released, it would appear that all of the principals are on board to return for a third big-screen X-Files adventure.

The latest person to talk up X-Files 3 is Fox Mulder himself – David Duchovny.

Duchovny recently spoke with The Daily Beast and stated that (like most fans) he would like the next film to tackle the 2012 mythology within the hit show.

Duchovny said:

“As far as the X-Files movie I’d like to do next, if we get a chance to do it, would be a return to the heart and soul of the mythology, which is the alien-oriented conspiracy. I think it’s natural for The X-Files to have another movie in 2012, so we’ll see if we get to do it.”

The Californication star also defended the last film and the final seasons of the hit show (which some believe to be lacking). Duchovny stated:

“I was happy with it… I have nothing but respect for [X-Files creator] Chris Carter and the writing staff.”

While the last film wasn’t a huge critical success (although I quite liked it), it did make enough coin at the box office to warrant a sequel – $68 million from a $30 million budget, which doesn’t factor in television sales and DVD revenue.

While nothing is set in stone yet, there have been rumblings that Mulder and Scully will turn on their flashlights for another spooky mystery. In the past, Duchovny’s co-star Gillian Anderson has also said that she’d be up to return to the hugely successful franchise.

There have been recent rumors that 20th Century Fox is planning to bring X-Files 3 to the screen without the help of creator Chris Carter; there have also been certain whispers that a film version of Carter’s Millennium might also be on the way, albiet in an independent form (read: without Carter’s involvement ).

Screen Rant will keep you posted on all X-Files developments when we get them.

Sources: The Daily Beast via Moviehole