The panic button has been pushed and we can no longer stay calm because apparently, the truth is still out there. This could only mean one thing: The triumphant return of “The X-Files”.
Gillian Anderson confirmed the above news when she took to Twitter shortly after the official announcement to say:
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) March 24, 2015
See? We couldn’t have made it up even if we tried 😉
Created by Chris Carter, “The X-Files” was the longest-running sci-fi series in US television history as it aired from 1993 – 2002 on Fox, spanning 9 whole seasons and 202 episodes. It revolves around FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson) investigating X-Files: marginalised, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena.
Initially considered a cult show, it turned into a pop culture touchstone that tapped into public mistrust of governments and large institutions and embraced conspiracy theories and spirituality.
Both the show itself and lead actors Duchovny and Anderson received multiple awards and nominations.
It has been 13 years since the original series ended, but Fox chairman and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman have long intended to revive it. They have been in talks with series creator and executive producer Chris Carter about reviving the supernatural procedural. The executives also revealed that they hope Duchovny and Anderson will return to reprise their respective roles.
On 24th March, Walden and Newman confirmed that it will officially return as a 6-episode event series.
Carter will return to helm the project while Duchovny and Anderson will reprise their respective iconic roles. The show used to boast a writing staff made up of some of the biggest names in the TV industry today, including “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and Homeland’s Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. But it is unclear who will be penning the script of the revival series.
Regarding the revival of the show, Carter said in a statement:
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.
Walden and Gary Newman, who worked with Carter on all 9 seasons of the show said in a statement that working with Carter was “one of the most rewarding creative experiences of their careers” and they “couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again.”
“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.
Further details about the event series remain under wraps, but the production will begin this summer and the premiere will be announced at a much later date.
UPDATE (25th March, 12pm):
Meanwhile, David Duchovny is only worried about one thing, apparently:
— David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) March 25, 2015
Duchovny will be seen next in an upcoming NBC event series “Aquarius” while Anderson will return to reprise her role in the 3rd season of NBC’s “Hannibal“.