It's been a long time since there was any real news about a return to The X-Files, Fox's long-running sci-fi drama about FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). The cast were last reunited in the 2008 movie The X-Files: I Want to Believe, which wasn't particularly well-received.
Nonetheless, we want to believe in the possibility of The X-Files returning to TV screens and there have recently been signs that such a thing could be possible. Speaking during a presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour last week, Fox Television Group Chairmen-CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman revealed that there have been serious talks about bringing the show back and that things are looking hopeful.
It wouldn't be The X-Files without both Mulder and Scully back in the saddle (possibly the same saddle, given their history), so USA Today asked Duchovny how he felt about the prospect of returning to the role. It looks good: Duchovny said he is "more than happy and excited to bring it back and do it again." The actor recently joined new NBC series Aquarius but he doesn't think that scheduling will be a problem, since he said that the X-Files revival would likely take the form of a miniseries at most.
"I'm assuming that it will happen sooner rather than later now. We'll see what form, how many [episodes]. Certainly I can't nor would I be interested in doing a full season. It will be in some kind of limited form. We're all old, we don't have the energy for a full season."
The news of X-Files potentially coming back certainly explains Anderson's response when she was asked about the possibility of a third movie last year ("Sorta kinda. Keep your ears to the ground.") Like Duchovny, Anderson is currently enjoying career success, thanks to her being bumped up to a regular role in NBC's critically acclaimed serial killer thriller series Hannibal and her ongoing starring role on The Fall. One of the challenges that Walden and Newman brought up was the difficulty of finding a time when Duchovny, Anderson and X-Files creator Chris Carter all have a free spot in their schedules.
Between Twin Peaks coming back for a third season on Showtime and The X-Files potentially making a return to our screens as well, those for whom the nineties were a formative TV-viewing period have plenty of reason to celebrate. Even if Duchovny can only commit to a few episodes, an X-Files miniseries that follows up on the careers of Mulder and Scully - and gives them a new mystery to solve - could be a real treat.
We'll keep you updated on any further X-Files news.
Source: USA Today