The X-Files fans have been clamoring for more X-Files since the series ended in 2002. And while the property received a big screen sequel in 2008 starring David Duchovny and Gillian Andersan – The X-Files: I Want to Believe – most would agree that it didn’t quite live up to expectations. Since then, Duchovny and Andersen have spoken time and again about their desire to bring the franchise back in some form or another, but nothing even remotely official has been said on the matter.
That is, until now. Because according to Fox, there have officially been talks about The X-Files returning.
The news broke at Fox’s presentation during the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena. Details about what a possible X-Files return might look like are scant, but Fox TV Group Chairman Gary Newman says he’s “hopeful” about the prospects.
So what might more X-Files entail? Some are already speculating that this new series will be a reboot, though nowadays that could mean anything from a complete reboot that takes place in an entirely new world or a loose continuation of the old series with new stories, new main characters, and the possibility of Scully and Mulder appearing down the line.
If indeed this X-Files revival becomes a reality – and that’s potentially a big if – one wonders if creator Chris Carter will be involved. Surely, he’ll get some sort of producer credit, but will he have creative influence over the project? Considering the last TV project he was involved with was the poorly received Amazon pilot The After, and the last movie he was involved with was the poorly received X-Files: I Want to Believe movie, perhaps it’s better if he just serves in an advisory capacity.
As for the once very popular Prison Break – another show fans would love to see return – Newman said there was nothing going on currently, but that Fox would bring it back “in a heartbeat.” That’s not much to go on, so don’t get your hopes up yet for a return – especially since three of Prison Break‘s four seasons did not perform terribly well.
Those fans who want to see a small screen Prison Break reunion might be better off watching The Flash, which has featured Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave (both of whom will team up in The Flash midseason premiere), and Robert Knepper a.k.a. T-Bag as The Clock King.
What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you interested in seeing more X-Files? And if so, should it be a reboot or a sequel series? Drop us a line in the comments.
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