The X-Files Might be Coming Back to TV

The X-Files Might be Coming Back to TV

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Fox reportedly won't move forward with The X-Files until series creator Chris Carter is on board.

Remember The X-Files? Of course you do. The massively science fiction/paranormal hit TV series lasted for nine seasons and accrued a huge cult following. It was followed by two movies that were... well... they were definitely movies. And while last we heard, series creator Chris Carter wants a third movie, Fox is now saying it wants to bring The X-Files back to where it belongs: the silver screen.

IGN Dana Walden and Gary Newman, co-chairmen and CEOs of FOX Television Group, who stated at at today's TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour that Fox was in early talks to get The X-Files back on TV.

"Gary and I both worked through the entire run of the X-Files," said Walden. "It was a great experience, we've maintained great relationships with creator Chris Carter, Gillian [Anderson], and David [Duchovny]. We're very hopeful. It's hard because they're actors who are very busy. Chris has a lot going on. So it's about finishing those conversations."

When asked if they would proceed without these three core members, Walden explicitly stated that they "would not move forward without Chris."

The pair did, however, state that Duchovny, Anderson, and Carter had all expressed interest, and that if the show were to return to TV, rather than being a full reboot, it would be a direct continuation of where it left off back in 2002.

So there you go. After all these years, the truth might still be out there!

Source: IGN

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On reading this, I had to play the theme music. It would be good to have it back. Let's hope they do at least as good a job as ST:TNG did from TOS. The world has too little mystery and too much blatant terror these days. It's... tiring and disappointing. A proper world needs whimsy and spookiness. Ray Bradbury and Edgar Allen Poe taught us that. Anything less is just a corn flake box on a dull morning.

Steven Bogos:

The pair did, however, state that Duchovny, Anderson, and Carter had all expressed interest, and that if the show were to return to TV, rather than being a full reboot, it would be a direct continuation of where it left off back in 2002.

would they include I want to believe, that was release in 2008, or they will erase it and start after the plot lines of 2002 ?

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I really really really really really really really really REALLY hope this won't suck.

I don't really see how you can 'continue' X-files. Since my memory is kind of fuzzy, and I last saw the finale about 10 years ago, I read the finale plot synopsis on Wikipedia to remember and I can only recall some bits and pieces now. But according to the plot synopsis, it seems that not much can be really advanced story-wise with Mulder and Scully.

There on the run for a murder Mulder committed, or 'supposedly' committed, and are last seen in a Motel room in Mexico. Also, the X-Files have been closed down again and the cigarette smoking man is dead, after being blown up in a cave. This just after he told them that the Earth will be 'colonized' by Aliens on December 22, 2012.

FYI, I did not see the movie 'I Want to Believe' so I don't really know how the movie solves these plotlines beyond reading the Wikipedia page. And I don't think it matters since the Wikipedia page describes it as a 'standalone' movie. Something like an extra long filler episode.

Even if they were to continue the show, a lot of what was part of it and made it work is now gone. The Cigarette-Smoking Man actor is actually dead so you can't bring him back (since he died on the show too). Further, the Cigarette-Smoking Man was the guy that pulled the strings behind the scenes and gave the show some semblance of order, purpose, and connection to the weird storylines on the show. Plus, a lot of the feelings behind the show are gone too. I think the X-files really worked off of the idea of government control and manipulation of information that was still present in the late 90s and early 2000s. Now with the ubiquity of the internet, the problem is the opposite: there is too much information available and not really a way to 'control' it. These kinds of ideas, at least to me, 'glued' the series together as a whole to make it work and didn't make it seem like a monster-of-the-week show.

I think if this 'reboot' or 'continuation' ever gets off the ground, they'll have two or three new characters that are restarting the X-files years after it has been closed and from time to time they'll investigate cases where Mulder and Scully appear to be working behind the scenes. And at a season finale or mid-season finale, Mulder walks into frame to tell them he's found something earth-shattering.

My favorite X-files episodes were the stand alone episodes and monster of the week episodes. I never cared much for the ongoing Mythology episodes involving the aliens. I might be in the minority on that one though.

Spirolli:
I don't really see how you can 'continue' X-files. Since my memory is kind of fuzzy, and I last saw the finale about 10 years ago, I read the finale plot synopsis on Wikipedia to remember and I can only recall some bits and pieces now. But according to the plot synopsis, it seems that not much can be really advanced story-wise with Mulder and Scully.

There on the run for a murder Mulder committed, or 'supposedly' committed, and are last seen in a Motel room in Mexico. Also, the X-Files have been closed down again and the cigarette smoking man is dead, after being blown up in a cave. This just after he told them that the Earth will be 'colonized' by Aliens on December 22, 2012.

FYI, I did not see the movie 'I Want to Believe' so I don't really know how the movie solves these plotlines beyond reading the Wikipedia page. And I don't think it matters since the Wikipedia page describes it as a 'standalone' movie. Something like an extra long filler episode.

Even if they were to continue the show, a lot of what was part of it and made it work is now gone. The Cigarette-Smoking Man actor is actually dead so you can't bring him back (since he died on the show too). Further, the Cigarette-Smoking Man was the guy that pulled the strings behind the scenes and gave the show some semblance of order, purpose, and connection to the weird storylines on the show. Plus, a lot of the feelings behind the show are gone too. I think the X-files really worked off of the idea of government control and manipulation of information that was still present in the late 90s and early 2000s. Now with the ubiquity of the internet, the problem is the opposite: there is too much information available and not really a way to 'control' it. These kinds of ideas, at least to me, 'glued' the series together as a whole to make it work and didn't make it seem like a monster-of-the-week show.

I think if this 'reboot' or 'continuation' ever gets off the ground, they'll have two or three new characters that are restarting the X-files years after it has been closed and from time to time they'll investigate cases where Mulder and Scully appear to be working behind the scenes. And at a season finale or mid-season finale, Mulder walks into frame to tell them he's found something earth-shattering.

There's still the story from "Fight the Future" (the movie no one seems to remember) that they can continue from, and William B. Davis is not dead (it's a hoax), his latest work was on Continuum. Trust me, there's a lot they can use in this post 2012 world. If they bring it back, I'm confident it will be done right (although I trust Netflix with it a lot more than Fox given what happened to Firefly and Fringe)

PS: "What does the Fox say?!"......CANCELLED!

I wonder if they will continue the trend as before; A strong opening to a series, a dozen or so Monster of the Week eps interspersed with one or two story eps, finished off with a cliffhanger to the season.

I feel old.

Get off my lawn.

I'm personally hoping that they go for a more traditional season 7 and under style of X-Files personally. It doesn't really need Mulder and Scully in the driver seat of the plot. But I would imagine they'd be operating in a more Deep Throat capacity to help the new agents proceed. Like distant mentors, due to the fact that they want the X-Files to succeed to (hopefully) hold people accountable to scrutiny, but at the same time do not wish to be dragged back into the middle of it. It rings true with how the last movie ended and it gives new ground to a new pair of investigators.

But, as mentioned before ...

"Don't fuck this up."

I don't want to see characters shoe horned in, but the feel, the themes, the beautiful play of shadow and pitch ... keep ALL of that. But there's no reason why you can't have a new pair of investigators, with new chemistry. New motivations to explore the unknown, and risk their lives for answers.

ZeroAxis:

Spirolli:
I don't really see how you can 'continue' X-files. Since my memory is kind of fuzzy, and I last saw the finale about 10 years ago, I read the finale plot synopsis on Wikipedia to remember and I can only recall some bits and pieces now. But according to the plot synopsis, it seems that not much can be really advanced story-wise with Mulder and Scully.

There on the run for a murder Mulder committed, or 'supposedly' committed, and are last seen in a Motel room in Mexico. Also, the X-Files have been closed down again and the cigarette smoking man is dead, after being blown up in a cave. This just after he told them that the Earth will be 'colonized' by Aliens on December 22, 2012.

FYI, I did not see the movie 'I Want to Believe' so I don't really know how the movie solves these plotlines beyond reading the Wikipedia page. And I don't think it matters since the Wikipedia page describes it as a 'standalone' movie. Something like an extra long filler episode.

Even if they were to continue the show, a lot of what was part of it and made it work is now gone. The Cigarette-Smoking Man actor is actually dead so you can't bring him back (since he died on the show too). Further, the Cigarette-Smoking Man was the guy that pulled the strings behind the scenes and gave the show some semblance of order, purpose, and connection to the weird storylines on the show. Plus, a lot of the feelings behind the show are gone too. I think the X-files really worked off of the idea of government control and manipulation of information that was still present in the late 90s and early 2000s. Now with the ubiquity of the internet, the problem is the opposite: there is too much information available and not really a way to 'control' it. These kinds of ideas, at least to me, 'glued' the series together as a whole to make it work and didn't make it seem like a monster-of-the-week show.

I think if this 'reboot' or 'continuation' ever gets off the ground, they'll have two or three new characters that are restarting the X-files years after it has been closed and from time to time they'll investigate cases where Mulder and Scully appear to be working behind the scenes. And at a season finale or mid-season finale, Mulder walks into frame to tell them he's found something earth-shattering.

There's still the story from "Fight the Future" (the movie no one seems to remember) that they can continue from, and William B. Davis is not dead (it's a hoax), his latest work was on Continuum. Trust me, there's a lot they can use in this post 2012 world. If they bring it back, I'm confident it will be done right (although I trust Netflix with it a lot more than Fox given what happened to Firefly and Fringe)

PS: "What does the Fox say?!"......CANCELLED!

It's a possibility. I'll just say now I'm not a devoted fan of the show. I watched some of the show in its initial run and a lot more, but not all, in syndication. I wasn't so into the season where Robert Patrick (T-1000) took over as a mainstay and I think I only saw the last few episodes of the show out of a desire to see how the show ended. But I wouldn't mind seeing how Cris Carter updates, or retools, the show for 10 or so years later.

Also, I apologize about the William B. Davis being dead part. I was almost sure I saw an article 1 or 2 years ago that said that he had passed away. The Cigarette-smoking man must be covering his tracks.

i will fist myself if they screw this up.

it better dont suck. got the entire series on dvd and still enjoy watching them. even the movies. which arent that great but watchable.
but how cna it continue from 2002 on? the last movie clearly continued from the end of the series. what happened to that?
well, i sure will be watching them. but most likely when its out on dvd. that way i dont have to bother with stupid add every 10 min which i hate so much.

Well Fringe screwed itself up pretty hardcore. Remember the other Olivia and the baby? No? Don't worry it wasn't important.

Remember ZFT? Or pretty much most of the first 2 seasons? Not important. All you need to know is Peter came back, because reasons, the Observers invaded and somehow were defeated by a paradox that makes the ending totally ridiculous. Peter and Olivia would have never met because Peter would have died and so on. Honestly I only endured the last season due to how much I adored John Nobel's performance as Walter Bishop. He seriously brought me to tears quite a few times.

I remember the X-Files. For me it was occasionally pretty cool, but mostly incredibly boring. Keeping everything straight in your head rivaled The Knowledge at times.

Remember the Lone Gunmen spinoff? That went nowhere in a hurry.

These days Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, Agents of Shield, Forever, Castle, Once Upon a Time, etc. are more than enough hr long dramas for me.

Although I am morbidly curious as to how this will turn out. I haven't kept track of any of the cast since the first movie which I remember seeing in a double show with There's Something About Mary so that was a loooooong time ago lol.

Frankly, there's not much that X-Files did that hasn't been done better by more recent shows. So I don't really care about the X-Files anymore. That's not to say that nothing good could come out of a revival of the series, but the show won't hook me on the reputation of its name alone. It will genuinely have to be good.

Lagslayer:
DON'T F*** THIS UP!
DON'T F*** THIS UP!
DON'T F*** THIS UP!
DON'T F*** THIS UP!
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I really really really really really really really really REALLY hope this won't suck.

They already did, did you see the last few seasons? There was a reason it got canned you know.

Don't play games with my heart ...

@Spirolli: Fully agreed, Robert Patrick was a low point in the show, I believe from which X-Files never recovered. It would have raised rating if they revealed him to really be a T-1000. That being said, I think X-files has been on the shelf long enough that Cris Carter could give it another go.

@KoudelkaMorgan: With Fox constantly cutting budget and threatening cancellation every other minute since the end of season 2, I don't blame the writers........completely....for the rushed...contrived....awfu...............okay, EVERYTHING after "Entrada" became insufferable (you are correct). They wrote themselves into a wall with ZFT and how I do not know. (When you have 2 universes to play around in, that's like crashing your car into the ONLY light pole in a huge empty parking lot) and the paradox was quite complicated and I believed I knew a solution to that years ago but it's long forgotten. Watching Fringe after the first half of season 3 was like watching your favorite sports team lose, you wonder SO HARD what could have been that only fan-fiction dillusion can get you to the end. Curse you for making me remember the "parody" that was lone gunmen.

On X-Files, I watched almost half that series stoned, so the boring politics and techno-babble weren't so boring :)

For the modern era, I do love Agents and Castle.

P.S. I tried to quote both of you and it fubar'd so hard I just did this

I read this headline and all I could hear in my head was Yahtzee's voice going "OH GOD NO!!!"

The X-Files was a product of its time. Season one was good, season two had a shaky start, but found its feet, then the show disappeared up its own arse. And I say this as a former fan.

The world has moved on. Leave X-Files back in the past where it belongs.

Agents of Shield: X-Files Division. They find out the 'aliens' that wanted to colonise earth were the kree. Coulson rehires them as agents of shield to track down other in-humans and check out weird shit while everyone else is busy fighting hydra.

In all seriousness, I have no idea why FOX keeps making sci-fi shows. We all know it will get cancelled after 1-2 seasons. Just save us the pain this time -_-

I mean, Gillian Anderson pretty much didn't say anything, so kind of said something, about a possible X-Files revival on the Nerdist podcast. It was a great episode. Y'all should get some Nerdist in your life if you haven't and like podcasts at all. Chris Hardwick and friends are pretty freakin' epic. Listen to the Gillian Anderson one. It's great, and they totally dance around the topic of a possible X-Files revival on Fox, (and talk about Duchovny looking great in jeans).

Clive Howlitzer:
My favorite X-files episodes were the stand alone episodes and monster of the week episodes. I never cared much for the ongoing Mythology episodes involving the aliens. I might be in the minority on that one though.

Nope, same here. Stand alone episodes like nightmare-fuelled Folie à Deux are still my favorites and I watch them now and then. Of the "main story episodes" I remember liking Paper Clip, but otherwise not that many other...

PS: If someone is not familiar with the X-Files, I can predict that he/she should watch the original and not the remake when or if it comes out. (Before watching the original series, I mean.) It's whole different era from now when the original takes place - it's actually surprising how much tension it adds when someone has to find landline phone to call help instead of grabbing an iPhone...

Wilco86:

Clive Howlitzer:
My favorite X-files episodes were the stand alone episodes and monster of the week episodes. I never cared much for the ongoing Mythology episodes involving the aliens. I might be in the minority on that one though.

Nope, same here. Stand alone episodes like nightmare-fuelled Folie à Deux are still my favorites and I watch them now and then. Of the "main story episodes" I remember liking Paper Clip, but otherwise not that many other...

PS: If someone is not familiar with the X-Files, I can predict that he/she should watch the original and not the remake when or if it comes out. (Before watching the original series, I mean.) It's whole different era from now when the original takes place - it's actually surprising how much tension it adds when someone has to find landline phone to call help instead of grabbing an iPhone...

I find it surprising that the one episode you mentioned Folie à Deux, which happens to be one of my favorite creepy episodes. I also liked Arcadia a lot.

Anyway as you mentioned, X-Files thrived I think partially because of the decade it took place in. It was very 90s. I can't imagine it doing as well today.

Clive Howlitzer:
I find it surprising that the one episode you mentioned Folie à Deux, which happens to be one of my favorite creepy episodes. I also liked Arcadia a lot.

Great minds think alike! =D

And Arcadia is a great episode. (There's a Finnish song that somewhat translates "My Clean Neighborhood Unit", and that constantly reminds me of that episode. Edit: Actually The Finnish Parliament is located in Arcadia's Hill, if translated.)

That is interesting. i loved the show and would love to see more of it, though as another poster pointed out, im not sure what plot they could continue. maybe something set AFTER 2012 colonization with reopening of X-files with different characters?

ZeroAxis:
PS: "What does the Fox say?!"......CANCELLED!

i laughed way too much at this. probably because its so true. I once made a list of great shows that got canceled with the channels behind them. over half of the list was FOX.

Lagslayer:
DON'T F*** THIS UP!
DON'T F*** THIS UP!
DON'T F*** THIS UP!
DON'T F*** THIS UP!
DON'T F*** THIS UP!
DON'T F*** THIS UP!

I really really really really really really really really REALLY hope this won't suck.

One could say..... you want to believe....

yeah...

Here's the problem. I look at the X-Files as an example. I point to it and say "This is what was considered good TV in the 90s." Since then the hour long television drama has advanced by miles. They're not going to be able to go back to the original formula and expect anyone to care. They're really going to need to step up their game.

Sorry double post

I'd love to see the old gang back together again, but think the format of the show would have to be so different from the "original" series that it'd probably only be regarded as a knock-off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

Also I've been rewatching Fringe on Netflix of late and was amused to hear reference to the "old X designation" when Agent Broyles was appearing before some committee or other - fan service nod or a platform for a shared universe cross-over where Mulder and Scully are called in during the early days of the Observer occupation...

Nope, sorry - can't let that get out there...

Most of my memories of X-Files comes from the latest seasons. The ones where Duchovny got replaced by the T-1000, Scully got pregnant, and she got the ability to see Mulder's ghost, for some reason...

Needless to say, those are probably not the best memories of the show. I guess a new season can be good, but they have to fix a lot to get my interest back...

Strazdas:

One could say..... you want to believe....

yeah...

I think I like you.

Clive Howlitzer:
My favorite X-files episodes were the stand alone episodes and monster of the week episodes. I never cared much for the ongoing Mythology episodes involving the aliens. I might be in the minority on that one though.

Include me in this minority.

The whole alien colonization mythos started off strong, then it got dumber and dumber to the point of ludicrous.

Still, the stand alone episodes like Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose, Humbug, Soft Light, El mondo gira, Home, EBE, Jose Chung's From Outer Space, Beyond the Sea, Pusher, Ice, Young at heart, Bad Blood, they seem to not have aged at all and are still some of the greatest things ever aired on TV, IMHO.

I was a big fan of The X-Files back in the day and I absolutely adore seasons I to IV, but season five onwards it started dipping in quality so hard that I just stopped watching to preserve the memories of the golden days.

Clive Howlitzer:

Wilco86:

Clive Howlitzer:
My favorite X-files episodes were the stand alone episodes and monster of the week episodes. I never cared much for the ongoing Mythology episodes involving the aliens. I might be in the minority on that one though.

Nope, same here. Stand alone episodes like nightmare-fuelled Folie à Deux are still my favorites and I watch them now and then. Of the "main story episodes" I remember liking Paper Clip, but otherwise not that many other...

PS: If someone is not familiar with the X-Files, I can predict that he/she should watch the original and not the remake when or if it comes out. (Before watching the original series, I mean.) It's whole different era from now when the original takes place - it's actually surprising how much tension it adds when someone has to find landline phone to call help instead of grabbing an iPhone...

I find it surprising that the one episode you mentioned Folie à Deux, which happens to be one of my favorite creepy episodes. I also liked Arcadia a lot.

Anyway as you mentioned, X-Files thrived I think partially because of the decade it took place in. It was very 90s. I can't imagine it doing as well today.

Damn, I missed Folie a Deux. There's so many great episodes.
The psychological horror in Folie a Deux is just so nightmare inducing. As Cobain wrote "just because you're paranoid, don't mean they're not after you".
Definetely one of the series all time highs.

Arcadia is just "ok" in my book. Seemed to be trying too hard to be funny, unlike Clyde Bruckman's final repose or Humbug.

 

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