In the history of television, few shows are as beloved or as influential as The X-Files. Mulder and Scully may be making their way back to the small screen next year, but given the show’s penchant for mystery, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that details remain scant.
If there’s one figure involved in The X-Files revival willing to shed light on what fans expect, it’s star David Duchovny, who has talked up the project on numerous occasions since its official announcement back in March. If fans felt that the actors on hand weren’t quite as excited to return to years-old roles, then Duchovny’s latest quotes should put those doubts to rest.
Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with Duchovny about the show’s return – and if the actor’s reaction to the material is any indication, fans may be in for a treat:
“I got the first script this morning. I just read it about an hour ago and I started crying reading the first page. It was just so strange to see the names on the page. It had nothing to do with the script itself. It was just like, I’d been talking about this for a long time. We’d been planning it for a long time. It took a long time to get all the people in the same place and get the deal with Fox. So let’s say two years we’ve been talking about doing it. Now it’s the fun part. Now we actually get to do it. That was nice and strangely emotional for me, and I’ll have to figure out how to use that [in the performance].”
Truly, the road to more X-Files has been a long one. Rumors about the show’s revival or another film (following in the footsteps of 2008 release The X-Files: I Want to Believe) have persisted for a while, with Duchovny seemingly among the biggest supporters behind the project.
Yet the actor remains tight-lipped about the actual plot of this new season, only revealing that – despite the fact that the revival will only consist of six episodes – it looks to strike a delicate balance between standalone stories and “mythology” episodes that build upon the world established by the show and its big screen follow-ups.
Not to say that this latest batch of X-Files will be the last viewers will see of Mulder and Scully. If the new show is as big a success as the network and its creative team hope, Duchovny believes that another round of episodes could be in the cards.
“I would be open to doing another cycle. I don’t know that I could do a 20-episode version of this show at this point in my life, and I don’t know that Gillian could. But I think everybody is open ended on what happens after this. Certainly, we didn’t bring it back with the idea of ending it.”
Regardless of how well The X-Files revival performs, Duchovny is staying busy with his new NBC series Aquarius, in which he stars alongside Grey Damon as a 1960s detective investigating an ex-con who turns out to be real-life serial killer Charles Manson.
Here’s what Duchovny had to say about his character, courtesy of TVLine:
“[My character Sam] Hodiak does not see him as murderer, for sure. He sees him as a punk, not even as a worthy adversary. He’s a pimp. He’s a con man. He’s manipulating very young women and young boys. Hodiak knows exactly what Manson is doing and how he’s doing it. It’s not a big mystery … The mystery is going to be what happens in history. That Hodiak does not see coming.
“…your two ‘heroes’ who are put in charge of making sure that doesn’t happen aren’t going to be able to do that. So there’s something tragic about [Damon’s Brian] Shafe and Hodiak that I like a lot.”
Dark crime dramas are, of course, nothing new, but the historical elements of Aquarius could help rein in viewers. If nothing else, at least audiences eager to get their Duchovny fix have something to hold them over until The X-Files returns next year.
The X-Files revival will premiere on Fox @10pm on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Aquarius airs Thursdays at 9pm on NBC.