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There's just so many people that you'd want to talk to at this moment in X-Files history; the first of which is the show's creator, Mr. Chris Carter. This conversation takes place on March 25th, 2015 as he drives down the California coast and as I sit 3,938 miles away, by my desk with a weak cup of coffee. After the deserved congratulations are exchanged, I tell him that we need to know just how excited he is to come back to The X-Files.
"I'm very excited." Carter starts. "I've known about (the greenlight) for quite a long time, the negotiations took so many months, I can't believe it! They were just finalized on Monday, so this is all brand new."
As we first reported during the late summer and in interviews Chris Carter engaged in during the fall of 2014, there were a few mentions of interest in turning the XF3 project into a mini-series instead of a movie. Multiple media outlets had reported that talks started to heat up in November 2014, with a formal declaration of intention by FOX TV at the TCA's in January 2015. With the fandom, the cast, and the crew now joining in the conversation, the final and official confirmation that the show will be back has been received with the highest of praises.
Carter seems pleased with the reaction. "Certainly, everyone else is really excited which makes me excited. But as I said, it's been a long time in the making."
This morning, Avi Qujada - XFN's Editor-In-Chief, had the pleasure of having a short but amazing conversation with Tess Vigeland, host of Take Two at KPCC Southern California Public Radio. They talked about the fan campaign leading up to the announcement of #XFilesRevival, possible plot points of the upcoming series and even some scoop!
You can listen to the interview in full HERE - as a teaser for our own interview with Chris Carter!
Thirteen years after the original series run, FOX has ordered the next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES, a thrilling, six-episode event series which will be helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history.
The announcement was made today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group and Chris Carter, creator and executive producer of THE X-FILES. Production on THE X-FILES event series is set to begin in summer 2015. Further details remain under wraps and will be announced at a later date.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
“We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of THE X-FILES – one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers – and we couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again,” remarked Newman and Walden. “THE X-FILES was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture – yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning. Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as THE X-FILES, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.”
THE X-FILES originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena.
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions, THE X-FILES is created and executive-produced by Chris Carter.
The Truth has finally arrived. The X-Files is officially coming back to television. There have been a lot of whispers as of late, but today it became real. The series will return in a limited six episode run on FOX. Chris Carter will serve as executive producer, and David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be returning to their iconic roles as Mulder and Scully. There are also some unconfirmed reports that we may see additional cast members like Mitch Pileggi, Annabeth Gish, and Robert Patrick.
Speaking of the event series, Chris Carter said, “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break...The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
Shooting will commence in Vancouver, Canada this summer. FOX has yet to release many more details, but we'll be keeping you up to date as more information becomes available. To read the official announcement, head over to the FOX website.
This is a huge victory, Philes. After the release of I Want to Believe, you decided that you weren't ready to say goodbye to The X-Files quite yet. Here we are, almost seven years later, and our favorite show will once again air live on television. So take some time to soak it in and enjoy it. The journey is only beginning, and it's going to be one heck of a ride.
Update - What We Know So Far:
The six-part series will show what has happened to the characters since the series and the second feature film, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, ended.
Chris Carter will be overseeing the scripts but he will be getting help from others who worked on the show during its television run.
Casual viewers will be able to jump right in and hardcore fans won't get bored with getting those casual viewers up to speed.
There will be both standalone and mythology episodes!
There is still a possibility for a third X-Files feature film after #XFilesRevival but the primary focus now is #XFilesRevival. Yes, you read that correctly.
William B. Davis has been approached about possibly reprising his role as Cancerman.
Filming likely to happen in Vancouver.
Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish are eyed to return. No deal yet.
Chris Carter and Fox want Frank Spotnitz back.
Both Netflix and Amazon expected to vie for streaming rights.
FoxTV's Dana Walden, who has been a big supporter of the show, was said to be frustrated with a lack of movement on a third feature film and so pushed for a revival on television.