David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are reprising their iconic characters of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully for the new audio production The X-Files: Cold Cases for Audible Originals. The X-Files, of course, developed a massive following during its nine-season run on Fox from 1993 to 2002. The series – about a pair of FBI agents investigating claims of the paranormal – was so popular that it spawned the theatrical feature The X-Files in 1998 and paired Duchovny and Anderson for a second big screen investigation with The X-Files: I Want to Believe in 2008.
After a eight long years of no activity, Duchovny and Anderson reunited for a hit six-part X-Files revival on Fox last year, giving fans hope that more cases were in the future for Mulder and Scully. Fans got the news that they were hoping for Monday, with the return of The X-Files… but in a much different way.
Audible announced in a video teaser (see above) that it will be releasing the audio production The X-Files: Cold Cases July 18. The company says Cold Cases is based on the The X-Files graphic novels by Joe Harris, and is set after the events of The X-Files: I Want to Believe and prior to the events of The X-Files revival in 2016. Audible says the audio production is being directed by X-Files creator Chris Carter and will feature “mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo’s investigations like never before.” You can check out the Cold Cases cover art, below:
Duchovny and Anderson are featured in the teaser video, as well as Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis, who are reprising Walter Skinner and Cigarette Smoking Man, respectively, for the production. Also lending their voices to Cold Cases are Tom Braidwood, Bruce Harwood and Dean Haglund, who played the quirky conspiracy theorists that made up the trio of The Lone Gunmen in The X-Files series. In its summary of Cold Cases, Audible says:
“Providing additional backstory to the incidents that pulled Mulder and Scully out of reclusion prior to 2016’s miniseries revival, a database breach at FBI headquarters allows an unknown group to access and capitalize on those investigations left unsolved – dubbed cold cases – by the secret department once known as The X-Files. As friends and foes of the agency long thought gone begin to inexplicably reappear, former agents Mulder and Scully come out of anonymity to face a growing conspiracy that involves not only their former department but the US government and forces not of this world.”
While it may not be the exact type of announcement fans of The X-Files were hoping for, there are a lot of reasons to be excited for Cold Cases. For one, it signals that Duchovny and Anderson are still very much interested in The X-Files, meaning a follow-up to the revival will happen – it’s just a matter of when. Besides, an audio format seems to be a natural for The X-Files, and a throwback to radio-type serials from yesteryear will be a unique and exciting inclusion in The X-Files universe. The truth is still out there – except this time, you’ll have to listen for it.