Fox chairman and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman have revealed that they are in talks with series creator Chris Carter to revive The X-Files,the cult series that originally aired on the network from 1993 to 2002. Also expected are original series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson to reprise their roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Whether or not the series would return to the schedule permanently or as a special presentation (similar to last year’s 24: Live Another Day has yet to be determined).
Carter, Duchovny and Anderson have all publicly expressed their interest, so it’s likely just a matter of scheduling and determining a direction for the reboot.
Many of the writers of the original series are unfortunately unlikely to be available due to other commitments: Vince Gilligan (Better Call Saul), John Shiban (Da Vinci’s Demons), Howard Gordon (Homeland), Frank Spotnitz (Transporter: The Series), Glenn Morgan (The Intruders), James Wong (American Horror Story), Darin Morgan (The Intruders), Tim Minear (American Horror Story) and David Greenwalt (Grimm).
It’s also unclear if the new series will continue from the character’s last appearance in 2008’s film, The X-Files: I Want To Believe or if the network will chose to give the procedural a soft reboot akin to IDW Publishing’s 2013 X-Files: Season 10 which picks up where the TV series and films left off with Mulder and Scully having left the FBI behind and moved to suburban anonymity, where they still encounter the paranormal.
The comic brought back many of the series signature characters including The Lone Gunman, The Cigarette Smoking Man, FBI Director Skinner, Special Agents John Doggett and Monica Reyes, Alex Krycek and Millennium‘s Frank Black.
Here’s hoping Fox does the same.