[UPDATE: It looks like X-Files 3 may not be on the way after all. Read on for clarification.]

There are a dwindling number of fans out there who still want to believe (sorry, couldn’t resist) that the dynamic duo of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully will grace the big screen yet again in The X-Files 3.

David Duchovny took a break recently from (theoretically) writing screenplays down in California and opened up about a third X-Files movie, saying that it is very much on the way.

While the first X-Files movie, Fight the Future, was generally well received by moviegoers and grossed a healthy $189 million at the worldwide box office back in 1998, the sequel, I Want To Believe, was delayed by a decade and it showed – in terms of both the quality of the film and ticket sales. Duchovny was interviewed recently by the French TVMag and addressed the idea of an X-Files 3, which has been rumored for the last two years, even after the poor performance of the second X-Files.

Here’s what Duchovny is quoted as saying (note: this was translated from French):

“[The X-Files 3] is in the process of being written. One awaits just the green light from Fox, a little disappointed from the relatively poor reception of the second film. The error comes, in my opinion, that the authors strayed too far from the roots of the series. Moreover, the film was released in the summer. The third will be much closer to what the public expects, with government conspiracies, etc.”

The X-Files TV show was a cult hit back in the 90s and was very much the predecessor to the current Fox sci-fi series with a devout fan following, Fringe. Fight the Future tied in nicely to the overarching storyline of the X-Files series, which involved a secret alien invasion/colonization of Earth, and was released at a time when the show was still at the peak of its popularity. I Want To Believe had a messy narrative and hit theaters six years after the show’s last season – though it still managed to gross enough worldwide in theaters alone to cover its relatively cheap $30 million production budget.

Fox would be more likely to green light an X-Files 3 that, as Duchovny says, deals with the kind of subject matter (ie. public mistrust of government, elaborate institutionalized conspiracies involving aliens and the supernatural) that featured heavily throughout the original TV show – if only because that’s exactly what X-Files fans that are still holding out for a third movie would want to see.

Update: Latino Review contacted Duchovny’s PR representative, who revealed that an X-Files 3 is currently not in development. The confusion stemmed from a misunderstanding between the French TVMag reporter and Duchovny, who only expressed an interest in doing another X-Files movie.

We’ll keep you posted on the development of The X-Files 3 as more information is released. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts and feelings about the project in the comments section below.

Source: TVMag (via X Files News)