Even though the iconic 1990’s sci-fi/supernatural thriller series The X-Files overstayed its welcome by a few seasons, the show starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as a pair of FBI agents tasked with investigating bizarre phenomena remains an influential cult favorite – without it, shows like Fringe and Lost may not have seen the light of day.

Years after attempts to spin the show into a movie franchise faltered, talk of a third X-Files film limped along until we heard a few months ago that Fox TV had entered into talks to revive The X-Files for television. Star Duchovny seems willing to play Fox Mulder again, but fans have been waiting for more news.

Now, according to a report from TV Wise (by way of Collider), fans may not have to wait as long as previously thought for the return of The X-Files.

According to the report:

Fox is close to giving an official green-light to a revival of their iconic science fiction series, which originally aired between 1993 and 2002. Per sources, the network has settled on a “short-stack” order for the revival and while the exact size of the order is yet-to-be-determined, I’m told it will be less than ten episodes.

There is so far no confirmation from Fox just how far along into the process the network may be, but this information syncs up with David Duchovny’s comments in January that he’d only be interested in returning as Mulder in a “limited form” and not a full season.

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There are apparently two major reasons for Fox exploring the option of a limited run, the first being “story requirements” which came to light after “prolonged discussions” with X-Files creator Chris Carter, who will evidently return as writer, director and executive producer.

The second reason has to do with scheduling, given Duchovny and Anderson’s ongoing in-demand status. Duchovny is currently shooting NBC’s summer “event” crime series Aquarius and Anderson is returning for the third seasons of NBC’s Hannibal and BBC’s The Fall. Production on a limited-run X-Files revival is thought to begin this summer, if everything aligns property.

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While the stars’ packed dance cards make a shortened series a necessity, the narrative challenge – telling a gripping story over the course of potentially just six episodes – sounds like something Chris Carter is prepared for. Fans might feel short-changed, but while ABC/Marvel’s recently completed limited run of Agent Carter may have proved disappointing for some, The X-Files doesn’t need to hook into an over-arcing narrative universe.

Fans of some of some of the most influential shows of the ’90s have plenty to look forward to, with first Twin Peaks and now The X-Files returning. Meanwhile, the world still awaits a new approach to Quantum Leap

Are you looking forward to seeing The X-Files sooner than we thought? Sound off in the comments, Screen Ranters!

Stay tuned for news on the return of The X-Files as details emerge.

Source: TV Wise

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