Online retailer Amazon is pressing on with plans to produce original programming based on consumer demands, after kicking things off with an intense popularity competition between eight comedy pilots that ended with the Zombieland series getting nipped in the bud. Of the comedy pilots that were aired, only political sitcom Alphas (which stars John Goodman) and geek humor series Betas were commissioned for a full series.

You can check out and vote on shows that Amazon is currently considering over on the Amazon Studios website, and watch a range of both original programming and shows from other networks over on Prime Instant Video. If nothing on the site seems appealing at the moment, that may change as a new offering from The X-Files creator Chris Carter is on the horizon.

THR reports that Amazon has commissioned a pilot for a a post-apocalyptic drama called The After, which Carter will write and direct. Other than the fact that it takes place after an an apocalypse, almost nothing is known about the plot, but the pilot will be produced by Marc Rosen and Leon Clarence’s company Georgeville TV, which has been working with Carter on the pitch for The After since last fall. Once the pilot is complete, it’s possible that it will be uploaded to the Amazon Studios site and pitched to an audience vote to decide whether or not it will be commissioned to a full season.

Carter was asked to elaborate on The After during an interview with Vulture, and said that the description of the show is “not exactly… perfect,” but that he’s too superstitious to give away any more details at present. He did add, however, “I think we’re going to start casting soon, and I think the show will take a lot of my storytelling experience on ‘The X-Files’ and apply it in a really new and creative way.”

‘The X-Files 3′ – starring Agent Scotty?

Though Carter may be moving on to his new pet project, the X-Files showrunner recently told Empire that the idea of doing a third movie based on the TV show is never far from his mind. Development of The X-Files 3 has been rumored for years now, but since The X-Files: I Want to Believe performed poorly both with critics and at the box office, following it up with another movie does not seem to be high on Twentieth Century Fox’s agenda. It’s a shame, since Carter says that studio approval is only thing holding The X-Files 3 back from being made:

“It’s really up to Twentieth Century Fox, whether they have the will to do it. I think all of us are interested in putting the band back together. I have an idea for a third movie in my head. The [alien] colonization date has passed and that is something we wouldn’t ignore. For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology.”

It’s possible that if Carter creates a successful series for Amazon with The After, it might improve his chances of returning to the X-Files franchise. If that does happen, Carter says that he’s interesting in trying to find a part for Simon Pegg (The World’s End), since he’s wanted to get the actor into the X-Files universe ever since the second film. Pegg’s interest in joining The X-Files 3 could be another point in the movie’s favor, since the British actor already has an established role in another successful sci-fi franchise – J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek, but it’s probably not a good idea to start holding your breath for this sequel just yet.

X-Files fans, do you wish that Chris Carter would revisit the weird world of Mulder and Scully again, or are you more interested in seeing what he has to offer in The After?

Source: THR, Empire, Vulture