Following the release of the second X-Files movie, X-Files: I Want To Believe, rumors circulated of a third film based on Chris Carter's sci-fi fan-favorite television series. As recently as two years ago, discussions of X-Files 3 were still ongoing. Since then though, the third film has morphed into a return to television in the form of a limited series.
During the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Fox announced official talks to revive The X-Files and has since confirmed the series will return to the network for a 6-episode event series. Now, Carter, back as showrunner, talks about returning for the limited series.
While speaking to X-Files News, Carter confirmed that discussions of X-Files 3/the mini-series had been going on for a long time before they were officially reported. When asked if other X-Files stars - such as Mitch Pileggi, Annabeth Gish, and Robert Patrick - could return in addition to the leads, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, Carter said he’s open to including more iconic characters.
"I have ideas for everyone. Their availability is subject to their regular paying jobs. Of course, I'd like to bring everyone possible back, but it's who's going to fit into the story and who's available."
Behind the camera, Carter confirmed Darin Morgan and James Wong, both writers on the original series, as well as composer Mark Snow, will return. However, cinematographer/director Bill Roe and director Rob Bowman are currently working on ABC’s Castle and may not return depending on their schedules.
In terms of whether the limited series would leave the door open to future X-Files installments or wrap up the show once and for all, the creator did not want to give a definite answer. However, Carter did reassure that the series would stay true to the type of storytelling used by the original X-Files:
"We're going to tell X-Files the way that we've always told them; we will of course set them in the time and place that they exist. We're telling contemporary stories about contemporary situations, true to Mulder and Scully's characters and their relationship and the passage of time."
XFN also asked Carter how he would address the predicted end of the world as December 2012 and the William story arc. The showrunner said he wasn’t sure yet whether to discuss 2012 “in a big way, a mild way, a modern way, a mention or a plot point,” but did say they couldn’t avoid addressing William.
Other tidbits from the interview: Carter confirmed that he will be including modern news stories into the limited series; the new series won’t be drawn from IDW’s The X-Files: Season 10; and the opening titles of The X-Files may be updated for the new show.
Carter didn’t offer too much in the way of what to expect from The X-Files limited series aside from a return to form, albeit updated for modern audiences. However, fans of the sci-fi series will likely be excited to hear that Carter is attempting to bring as many cast and crew members back for a show that will honor the original - though their participation is contingent on other obligations in addition to the story.
That being said, it is still early days for The X-Files event series. Though the show is set to begin filming this summer, the X-Files revival was ordered less than a week ago by Fox. The end product that will air on the network is far from realized. But, whatever the series looks like once it debuts on Fox, it will have been created by a team that is as excited to return to the world of X-Files as the fans.
The X-Files is expected to return in late 2015/early 2016.
Source: X-Files News