While recently talking to The Hollywood Reporter, The X-Files star David Duchovny discussed the revival of his early '90s to mid-2000s sci-fi show and how it's being developed for the small screen.
When I was doing the show, I always assumed – because we started to do the movies – that we would naturally transition to not carrying the load of doing a full season of the show but doing a movie every four or five years.
Although it wasn't always the plan for things to move in this direction, and another movie was the original plan, Duchovny is still ecstatic to be brushing off his FBI gear to play Agent Fox Mulder.
That didn't work out with the movies. … [The second movie] did well, but I guess not well enough. Fox made some mistakes with that movie that hurt the franchise and they didn't seem to want to do another movie. So as the TV landscape changed and as it became conceivable to do this show without doing 22 or 25 [episodes] of them on television, then it seemed like a natural thing.
We all started to think, 'I don’t mind doing it on TV if we don’t have to do a full season.' We just could make it like a six-hour movie.
Even though it's been six years since the cast last got together to film, Duchovny is confident that everyone will become comfortable in their roles again, and the six-episode season will be just what fans of the TV show have been looking for.
It's been awhile since I've played Mulder so it's going to be strange for sure the first couple days. Luckily Gillian [Anderson] will be there and we'll be there for each other to say, 'That doesn’t seem right or something like that.' All the principals are back. Chris [Carter] will be there, Gillian will be there, I'll be there and we can all check on each other and say, 'Is this the show?' Because we'll find it. It's just a matter of relaxing and letting it happen.
The X-Files reboot will begin filming this summer.