‘X-Files 3′ Still Without Script; Producer Says Reboot Possible

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The world of science fiction and alien abduction may have left Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully behind, but it sounds like X-Files 3 hasn’t been relegated to a clandestine filing cabinet just yet – despite the lukewarm reception to the last film.

According to series’ producer Frank Spotnitz, a third film may not be the only project fans have to look forward to – whether David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are involved or not.

The fate of the X-Files film series has been up in the air for some time now; the first movie, Fight the Future, was a commercial success that was ultimately soured by the lackluster follow-up, I Want To Believe. Since then, Fox has stated that if the cast and crew were still interested in completing the trilogy, they’d make it happen, despite reservations.

We know David Duchovny is ready to get back into Fox Mulder’s suit, and Gillian Anderson alongside him. The expectation had been that filming would be underway come 2012, meaning that deadline has passed. Not exactly encouraging. But in an interview with DenofGeekX-Files series (and movies) producer Frank Spotnitz cleared the air on whether he had a script already in place:

“No. No I don’t. I mean I’ve known for many years what I would like the movie to be and I’ve been talking to Chris Carter about it for many years, but there is no script…it’s the climax of the alien colonisation story that began the series.”

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From that description, it seems that the third film (if it ever gets made) would be closer to an alien invasion movie than the regular mystery format. But as Spotnitz notes, fans of the property might get more X-Files beyond an end to Mulder and Scully’s opus. Especially in this age of reboots and prequels:

“I wouldn’t be surprised at all. I mean, I don’t think I would have anything to do with it but you know, for better or for worse, these things are titles of big corporations, like Star Trek belongs to Paramount and The X-Files belongs to Twentieth Century Fox and it’s a huge asset in their libraries so I can’t imagine they would let it sit languishing forever…Anything could happen. I just hope that if they do it, they do it well, that’s my only request.”

We still have our concerns about any potential sequel to I Want To Believe, and considering Duchovny credited much of that film’s shortcomings to the fact that it “strayed too far from the roots of the series,” a shift to a full-blown invasion may not be a recipe for greater success.

That being said, a reboot may not be an idea worth shooting down right off the bat. As it stands, there aren’t many sci-fi TV shows exploring the same type of supernatural and horror content that X-Files made downright mainstream. Sure, there’s Fringe, but we know that show is coming to an end.

Would a new take on the original  X-Files TV show be such a bad idea?

We’ll keep you up to date on any and all news regarding X-Files 3 – or a reboot – as it happens.


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Source: DenofGeek (via CBM)

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  1. I have been a long standing X-Files fan from the moment the first episode aired. I have anticipated the conclusion for many years waiting for the colonization or end and final movie. I’m extremely disappointed that they don’t have a conclusion film after this many years. And now it’s been many more. What are they waiting for? They need to finish off this series before they think about rebooting it. Personally, I enjoyed the last movie because ‘I believed’ the reason they did that was so they could bring the characters back together for the purpose of opening the door for the colonization film. Don’t be Stupid, maybe for once you’ll listen to a faithful fan. I’m actually praying someone out there is listening.

  2. Believe me when I say. I would love to see a whole load of other episodes and more X-Files, but it would be a MISTAKE not to finish off the events of the show and what loyal fans have been expecting for way too many years that just keep passing without the conclusion. I know what I’m talking about and yes, if they rebooted the show in anyway I would probably become hooked once again. Plus, the coloization film could provide an off-shoot reboot for the continuation if they decide to do so focusing on their child William or any number of other events. FOX – DO NOT disappoint me in this matter! I loved the X-Files don’t ruin it by thinking you can change it into something different when it wouldn’t be ready without an ending of what’s been done.

  3. If anyone is reading this and you have the power to produce and film the third movie for The X-Files I am begging you do it. JUST DO IT. I miss the series and the character’s. Sad about the Lone Gunman. Please make the film.

  4. I believe they should finish the series out with a final movie and if they want to reboot the show. They could tie the next movie leading into the new show. From a Following Fan., that truly loved the show.

  5. The problem is people like me that are burned out on excuses and don’t care anymore if another movie is made. The excitement of a 3rd movie was to coincide with last years end of the Mayan calendar that was supposed to begin alien colonization. That time has passed.

  6. I am only 13 years old now and I have watched every X-Files episode and movie and I watch them over and over everyday. I cry every time I see scully or Mulder kiss, hold hands, or anything else. Also I think that the show is so funny and sweet. And I am actually going to see Gilligan Anderson soon at Fandom Fest can’t wait. Please make another X-Files Movie , I am to ADDICTED. I LOVE THE X-FILES!!! YOUNGEST #1 FAN FOREVER!!!

  7. X Files 3/ 20th Century Fox
    To whom it may concern

    We are waiting now so many years to watch X Files 3, after 20th Century Fox promised to bring the third movie, with Gilian Anderson and David Duchovny on screen, but 20th Century Fox did belie this promise, till today. 20th Century Fox earned so much money with this movies, all the merchandise around X Files, what we as X File Fans in Europe feel humiliated by 20th Century Fox. It is disgusting to see, that good actors are not seen on screen anymore, because they passed a age and are not 18 anymore, this is just discrimination on the highest level and a sucker Punch to all fans of X Files. We are collecting at moment signatures in Europe ( at moment 3000 sg.) to boycott every product of 20th Century Fox and we talk about every product, Merchandise, Cinema, DVD, etc. until 20 th Century Fox hold his promise.

  8. X-Files has been the beginning of an opened door on what
    is really happening. But out of that part, it has first been
    for a lot-lot of us, a way out from our every day’s lives…
    What fans are expecting is, mostly, to feel as being a part
    of the plot, the one from our imagination and dreams; the
    one that makes us someone else for one hour or two…
    I’m French living in France but, it shows that distances
    has been unlimited to touch every heart.

    I have written “BEYOND”, a script that I hope will end to
    Mister Steven Spielberg and, I’m ready to work hard to
    write the one for a brand new X-Files with of course,
    Mister Duchovny and Misses Anderson. No way it could
    be with others !
    It will also concern us and extraterrestrials.
    Good luck for us all on a continuing…
    Claude Giraud


    • It will be a torture if they take other actors !
      Thanks Cindy

      • Absolutely. Other actors is not The XFiles. My friends and I would never accept an XFiles without David, Gillian and Mitch. Thanks to you for letting my meager voice be heard. I am an avid XFiles fan and love the series so much that a mild depression set in after the finale and I might add GW Bush being elected in 2000 as president that was a major depression. Thank you so much for making it possible to sing the praises for The XFiles. You must be an angel and I appreciate this site so thanks.

  10. I love the X-Files series and the first movie. The second movie was I little vague, confusing and somewhat boring.

    My thinking for movie three, would be to bring Scully and Mulder’s son who seem to have special powers and to finally develope the love story between the two. Just think how successful the series and first movie was… Masterful! Surely, you can go back a revisit episodes for clues to make the third one. What about, ‘Home’.? That episode is really amazing as well as many others. Come on guys, get creative!

    It would be such a pity if you don’t put the hard work into the next one… It needs to be the best ever…can’t wait!

    • I agree the second movie was not what I expected but I love the characters so much I was just grateful that it was done regardless of what the storyline was. I love this series and want for it to go on. Maybe that makes me look sad in some peoples eyes but really I am a happy person loving my life but just would be happier if I knew an XFiles 3 was in the making.

  11. Just bring the 3rd movie on.

  12. If you make a new X-Files, which I hope you do. Please stick with the original idea that made x-files such an amazing show. Stick with the alien colonization story.