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At their TCA panel, new Fox toppers Gary Newman and Dana Walden announced that they have been in talks with Chris Carter to revive their seminal science-fiction series The X-Files.
Scant details are presently available, though it is understood that Fox is eyeing a limited series revival a la 24: Live Another Day and Dana Walden stated that both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson would need to come back if they were to greenlight a revival. That could be problematic given the hectic schedules of both actors, but Gary Newman said he was “hopeful” that The X-Files revival would happen.
The confirmation that talks are underway to bring back The X-Files caps off what has been the better part of two years of rumours that such a move was in the works, since Fox re-entered the longform space and greenlit 24: Live Another Day. It will also be welcome news to the fans of the series, who have been holding out hope for a third feature film.
A possible revival of The X-Files has been considered over the years at Fox, but sources have previously stated that they didn’t know how the show worked in a “post 9/11 world”. It is presently unclear if that is still the case or if Newman, Walden and Chris Carter have since overcome that obstacle.
Taking of 24, Gary Newman and Dana Walden also addressed the future of that series, stating that while there was “no current plan” for more 24, they had heard a pitch from Howard Gordon, Manny Coto and Evan Katz that could see a new instalment sans Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer.