It’s easy to forget how successful The X-Files was in the 1990s – it was huge. Creator Chris Carter built an intricate mythology in the show but a lot of questions remained unanswered when it ended in 2002. The 2008 film I Want To Believe let fans catch up with Mulder and Scully, but it only whet appetites for more stories – stories which never materialised. However, it looks like The X-Files will be getting a television reboot with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning to their iconic roles.
Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden has stated the only discussions about the show’s return have been ‘logistical’ and that they’re trying to figure out how to fit it around the schedules of Carter, Duchovny and Anderson. You can expect things to pick up pace once this is achieved. The trio have always made it clear that they want to return to the show, so I don’t expect this to be an issue.
I’ve recently been digging deep into The X-Files, working my way through the entire series (I’m currently on Season 2) and it’s surprising how well it holds up. It’ll be interesting to see the direction of this ‘reboot’, whether they tackle the mythology aspects of the show or tell ‘monster of the week’ type tales. The former is more likely, as the return is expected to be an ‘event’ style series like 24: Live Another Day which had 12 episodes.
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