The final episode of 's The X-Files aired May 19, 2002. The second feature film, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, arrived in theaters over four years ago.
It can be argued that the series overstayed its welcome with the departure of 's Fox Mulder, and 's Dana Scully as regular cast, and the above noted second film was a less than stellar return of the beloved franchise.
This noted, is there any hope Carter will revisit the rich universe he developed and allow his two agents a proper goodbye? Series veteran shed a little light on what's floating out in the aether on the film front, with some additional thoughts on a series reboot.
In speaking with Louisa Mellor of Den of Geek, Spotnitz had this to say regarding a prospective script for a third X-Files film:
...I've known for many years what I would like the movie to be and I've been talking to Chris Carter about it for many years, but there is no script.
Asked about a return to its series throughline of a government conspiracy to hide a massive alien invasion on the big screen, he confirmed that the script would indeed focus on tying up that massive narrative arc, stating, "...it's the climax of the alien colonization story that began the series."
On the subject of bringing The X-Files back to network television, Frank felt this was almost a certainty, saying:
I wouldn't be surprised at all. I mean, I don't think I would have anything to do with it, but you know, for better or for worse, these things are titles of big corporations, like Star Trek belongs to Paramount and The X-Files belongs to Twentieth Century Fox, and it's a huge asset in their libraries, so I can't imagine they would let it sit languishing forever.
While it's clear nothing is even remotely set in stone on the small or large screen, the possibilities are certainly worth considering. Is it best to let fans hold on to what was mostly a fantastic nine season run on Fox, and a pretty solid first film in The X-Files: Fight the Future, or worth the investment to pull one more big story out of Mulder and Scully? Further, do we want to see new actors taking up those mantles?
I unabashedly loved the series, even when agents Doggett and Reyes ( and , respectively) took over main cast duties in season 8. I'm so heavily biased in my fandom that I am unflinchingly optimist that Chris Carter could wring a solid final chapter out of the original cast on the big screen. Consider me an opening nighter.
That said, I'm more intrigued at the concept of taking a series return in a new direction, if the discussion ever becomes a reality. That's not to suggest I wouldn't want to see the lineage of the original honored. The idea of a new set of agents being assigned to the X-Files, Fox and Dana's fingerprints still lingering in that world, is an exciting prospect to me. There are near endless threads to pick up and run with, and entirely new, insidious conspiracies waiting to be exposed.
I'm all about it, but what say you?
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