After Amazon reneged on its series order for The After, the idea of ever seeing Chris Carter get another show on the air became something of a shaky proposition. However, that all changed when Fox confirmed it had placed a six-episode order for an X-Files revival series from the writer/director… and now it has officially begun production.
Based on various social media postings that took place earlier today, we now know that not only is The X-Files coming back, but that’s it’s really coming back. There are even pictures to prove it!
First up there are these new tweets from stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. While both of them should be busy promoting their respective NBC series in Aquarius and Hannibal, nothing is going to stop the two from enjoying their re-discovered moments in the spotlight. Anderson even took the time to show off her alter ego’s signature red locks.
Hello Vancouver ? Mulder? Here I come... pic.twitter.com/rXza7Os7oL— David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) June 4, 2015
Secondly, we have these three behind-the-scenes photos from executive producer Glen Morgan – who recently wrapped up production on his own BBC America series, Intruders. If you didn’t think the idea of the X-Files return was real before, believe it now. The show is back, and it even has production offices to prove it.
Don't want to be obnoxious and burn everyone out, but wanted to share this sight. Made me a bit emotional. pic.twitter.com/dDQulmktXi— Glen Morgan (@GlenMrgn) June 2, 2015
"If you will it, Dude, it is no dream." pic.twitter.com/UvthNO9Bhe— Glen Morgan (@GlenMrgn) June 8, 2015
Details on the plot are scant at the moment, but considering the timing, it is a safe bet to assume we’ll be getting our first look at the new X-Files during San Diego Comic-Con next month, followed by a full trailer at some point during New York Comic-Con in October before the series’ official return in January 2016. Right now, there’s nothing but good will being thrown at the cult favorite’s return, and that’s good considering seemingly everyone from the original cast to the original crew is coming back (along with at least one newcomer) for the six-episode event… it’s very much 24: Live Another Day all over again.
Along with the possible development of a Prison Break event series, it seems FOX is all about diving back into the well of their past hits at the moment. Of course, it helps that they also own all these shows. Another thing to consider is that by bringing back an already established series, the network is doing itself a favor, making past episodes viable again for what may turn out to be a lucrative deal with one of the three streaming giants in Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu, should one wish to lock up exclusive rights to The X-Files within the next six months. So catch up on your platform of choice while you still can.
The X-Files returns January 24, 2016 on FOX.