X-Files Creator Talks New Series, Wants Everyone Back
Back in January, during the TCA Winter Tour, Fox teased that talks were under way to bring back the hit sci-fi series The X-Files for an Untitled X Files Reboot. The network confirmed last week that the show is indeed returning with a 6-episode event series. We know that original stars David Duchovny (Fox Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully) are reprising their roles, but no other cast members are confirmed at this time. Series creator Chris Carter recently spoke with X-Files News, saying that he has plans to bring back the rest of the original cast, including Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner), Annabeth Gish (Monica Reyes), and Robert Patrick (John Doggett).
"I have ideas for everyone. Their availability is subject to their regular paying jobs. Of course, I'd like to bring everyone possible back, but it's who's going to fit into the story and who's available."
The series also spawned two theatrical movies, 1998's The X-Files and 2008's The X-Files: I Want to Believe. The second movie brought in a number of new characters such as Dakota Whitney (Amanda Peet), Father Joseph Crissman (Billy Connolly) and Agent Mosley Drummy (Xzibit). When asked if these characters could come back as well, Chris Carter wouldn't say too much, but teased there may be a few surprises in store for the fans.
"Well, I don't want to reveal all my tricks, but I can tell you there will be some obvious choices and there will be some surprises."
The series creator also confirmed that he has brought back composer Mark Snow, and he is trying to bring back cinematographer/director Bill Roe, depending on his availability with his current job on ABC's Castle. He did confirm that two of his original writers are coming back for the limited series.
"We've lured Darin Morgan and James Wong, we're very excited about that and we're working on the rest. The exciting thing to me is that I love to tell X-Files stories... so the opportunity to tell these stories in a very new political environment, it is exciting."
When asked if this would be the last incarnation of The X-Files, Chris Carter wouldn't say for sure. He did say that the limited series will stay true to the type of storytelling that was always featured in the original series, only with a modern-day setting.
"We're going to tell X-Files the way that we've always told them; we will of course set them in the time and place that they exist. We're telling contemporary stories about contemporary situations, true to Mulder and Scully's characters and their relationship and the passage of time."
A big aspect of the original series was the alien colonization date in the year 2012. When asked how that would be addressed in the series, he said he wasn't sure quite yet, while adding that the new show will also address William's arc in some way.
"I've thought about that. I don't know exactly how I'm going to address it, in a big way, a mild way, a modern way, a mention or a plot point. And of course you can't avoid to deal with the William (arc) in some way or another."