The alien conspiracy may have managed to keep intrepid FBI Special Agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder quiet for the last seven years, but over the past few months Fox has confirmed that there are talks to bring Chris Carter’s sci-fi show The X-Files back for another season. Both Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have said that they’d love to play their X-Files characters again – and a report recently emerged claiming that Fox was ready to give the series a green light.
The time for rumors is now over, as Fox has confirmed that The X-Files will be returning for a six-episode event series, with Carter once again set as showrunner and both Anderson and Duchovny onboard to return as Scully and Mulder. The series will begin production this summer, which means that we can likely expect to see it in late 2015 or early 2016.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter said in a press release from Fox, adding that, “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.” The X-Files originally ran for nine seasons between 1993 and 2002, with feature film tie-ins released in 1998 and 2008.
This announcement is the result of a year’s worth of talks and negotiations at Fox, with fans of the show eagerly awaiting any news of a revival. Anderson, who has hinted in the past that an X-Files return was about to come together, celebrated the official word from Fox on Twitter.
For those hoping the the X-Files miniseries will be the start of a longer-running return for the show… we have to warn you that it’s probably not going to happen. Duchovny has said that he can’t and wouldn’t be interested in a full season, let alone multiple seasons – and both he and Anderson already have TV commitments that would limit their availability. Duchovny is playing the lead in serial crime drama Aquarius, while Anderson has a regular role on NBC’s Hannibal season three and will continue to play the lead on The Fall in the upcoming third season.
Still, it’s definitely going to be exciting to see the band back together again for six more episodes – and to see what fresh strangeness Scully and Mulder have to deal with this decade.
The X-Files is expected to return in late 2015/early 2016.