The rumors are true! Fox executives have been talking to Chris Carter about reviving The X-Files as a television show. Additionally, they want David Duchovney and Gillian Anderson to reprise their roles. Now, it’s just a matter of scheduling, since both actors have previously said they were open to reprising their roles, at least in another movie.
But that may not be true for a show. In the past, both have bemoaned the long hours it takes to make an hour-long television show, especially one mostly set at night, like The X-Files was. However, since both have been mainly working in television during the past few years, one can only imagine they’d consider it. Of course, who knows if they would be the stars or just recurring guests. Considering the narrative arc of the final season and second film, it seems unlikely they could just be Agents Mulder and Scully, partners-as-the-FBI’s-most-unwanted, again 12 years after the end of the original run.
I’m not sure how popular a revived The X-Files without them would be. Perhaps it’s been long enough that a younger audience would be open to new central actors. Fringe got five seasons, after all. But on the other hand, their story feels a little played out. The second X-Files film was a disappointment, especially after the first one was so fantastic. I ended up wondering if Carter was up to the task of continuing the story of Mulder and Scully properly.
But if the show does get produced, no doubt I’ll tune in to check it out. And just for fun, here’s a video celebrating the great Mulder/Scully chemistry.