The X-Files Reboot

20th Century Fox is looking to bring back the iconic science fiction television series The X-Files.

The original X-Files, revolving around the exploits of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigating X-Files: cases involving alien abductions and paranormal phenomena, were broadcast for almost 10 years, running into 9 seasons and more than 200 episodes, before the show was cancelled in 2002. The television series was followed by two feature films: ‘The X-Files’ in 1998 and ‘The X-Files: I Want to Believe’ in 2008 as well as ‘The X-Files: Season 10’, a 25-issue comic book series by IDW Publishing in 2013.

20th Century Fox Television chairman Gary Newman confirmed that the network is in talks for a new instalment of Chris Carter’s cult sci-fi drama, which starred David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Newman said that he was hopeful about the outcome. The fellow 20th Century Fox Television chairman Dana Walden confirmed this, adding that the talks so far have been only logistical, looking at windows when all the key X-Files players, i.e. creator Chris Carter and actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, are available. She confirmed that a potential X-Files follow-up will star the original leading duo of Duchovny and Anderson, but stressed that there have been no detailed discussions yet what the new series might be about.

Both Duchovny and Anderson expressed great interest in the project, with Duchovny saying: “I’m more than happy and excited to bring it back and do it again with Gillian and Chris.” He later added: “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.” Duchovny finished, laughing: “We're all old, we don't have the energy for a full season.”

Chris Carter, creator of the original X-Files series, hinted at a possible reboot in the summer, acknowledging he had conversations with 20th Century Fox Television.

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