‘The X-Files’ Returns to TV With Duchovny, Anderson, and Aliens
Fans of the long-running sci-fi TV series The X-Files got some exciting news from the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, as Fox executives announced that they plan to reboot the show with original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. According to Deadline, the executives spoke about the idea during Fox’s panel at TCA and said that although they are having some trouble figuring out scheduling due to Duchovny’s and Anderson’s busy schedules, they are “hopeful” that a reboot will come together soon. The idea was inspired by the success Fox had with its reboot of 24.
Deadline reports that there have been no discussions as to the creative direction of the show, as the network is currently focusing on when and how to get Duchovny and Anderson together to make a series. Fox said that both actors are interested, but that the show would have to work around their other commitments. Series creator Chris Carter hinted at a possible reboot last summer.
The X-Files ran for nine seasons, between 1993 and 2002. The show was about a branch of the FBI that focused on unsolved cases with supernatural elements and paranormal phenomena. Duchovny played Special Agent Fox Mulder, and Anderson played Special Agent Dana Scully. To reverse typical gender roles, Carter made Mulder a believer in the paranormal, while Scully is a sceptic and relies on scientific proof. Two feature films were made in addition to the show’s nine seasons. The show was a hit both popularly and among critics, so it makes sense that Fox is looking to The X-Files to achieve similar magic again, especially given the current popularity of the science-fiction genre.
While there are no details on the show’s potential storyline, landing Duchovny and Anderson is crucial for any reworking of The X-Files. Though an attempt could be made to cast new actors for a modern version of the goings-on in that particular FBI department, the original series was widely praised due to the chemistry between Duchovny and Anderson, and the actors provided much of the draw for fans.
Duchovny recently wrapped the Showtime series Californication after seven seasons of playing the depraved writer Hank Moody and is now working on the NBC detective show Aquarius. That series is set in the 1960s and is about the time period leading up to the Manson murders. Duchovny plays a police officer investigating the disappearance of a young woman who is the daughter of a powerful lawyer in California, only to discover that she’s been sucked into Manson’s freakish cult. Anderson is currently working on the TV series Hannibal and has nabbed a part on the upcoming miniseries adaptation of War and Peace.
This reboot could pick up where the second film left off and take the plot that Carter had planned for a third movie. The first X-Files film, known by the unofficial subtitle Fight the Future, came out between the show’s fourth and fifth seasons. It received positive reviews, though it wasn’t very successful at the box office. The second movie was made after the show completed its run. The X-Files: I Want to Believe got mixed to negative reviews, which said that despite the chemistry between Duchovny and Anderson, the movie’s plot made little sense. That movie has a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
When the second movie came out, Carter said that he wanted to make a third if the second performed well financially, but I Want to Believe didn’t quite live up to expectations, in part due to the poor reviews and in part due to opening around the same time as the Batman movie The Dark Knight. Carter told Entertainment Weekly at the time that the potential third movie would return to the show’s overarching alien invasion plot. Carter could pick that idea back up and have aliens invade Earth in the revamped TV series. With the extra ideas Carter has stored up, the cult status of the show, and the current popularity of all things sci-fi, a reboot of the show with Carter, Anderson, and Duchovny on board is likely to be a success with old fans and make a new generation of fans, as well.
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