First up, the so-called X-Files 2 spoiler picture that I showed you previously is now supposed to be a fake. Movieweb is reporting that it was nothing more than a smokescreen to prevent folks like me from divulging too much plot information.
I'm man enough to admit that I got carried away. It was the werewolf aspect that really got my juices flowing. However, with the recent spate of Wolfman stories that I've covered, I can now honestly say that my werewolf itch has been scratched.
However, maybe it's a double bluff and the film really does involve werewolves. Or maybe I've been watching too many Oliver Stone films. We will have to wait and see.
There's also some good news for fans of the show: X-Files News is reporting that the film will have a presence at the Fangoria horror convention this June and that Mitch Pileggi will be returning to role of Assistant Director Walter Skinner in the new film. This information was gleaned from yet another leaked call-sheet.
This is were I get very suspicious: There seem to be too many leaked call sheets floating around from this production, which means one of two things:
1. Somebody is very bad at their job and they can't keep these things away from prying eyes.
2. Somebody is very good at their job and they keep passing out phony call-sheets to spread even more disinformation.
X-Files News is also reporting that the budget for the new film is $35 million and that pre-production started in August, and not November as originally believed.
So what does all this mean?
It means that X-Files 2 isn't a product of the strike, and that the film's long gestation period had come to a natural conclusion. It would appear that this isn't a slap-dash film, so we should have a well crafted script and not something that was knocked together to fit a release date (but we all know that Fox wouldn't do that, cough X-Men 3 cough).
The $35 million budget is also quite low, which would indicate that the film could be very light on special effects, or that the film got a bargain quote form a special effects house. Beat that Industrial Light and Magic!
At least The X-Files is living up to its conspiracy background. It's difficult to uncover and we don't know who to believe. One thing is for sure, the truth is out there, and I intend to discover what it is.
X-Files 2 is scheduled to open on July 25th, 2008.
Sources: X-Files News and Movieweb