‘The X-Files’ Revival Nears Greenlight At Fox; Network Eyes Short Order, Gillian Anderson & David Duchovny To Return

FoxEXCLUSIVE: The X-Files revival is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Fox is close to giving an official green-light to a revival of their iconic science fiction series, which originally aired between 1993 and 2002. Per sources, the network has settled on a “short-stack” order for the revival and while the exact size of the order is yet-to-be-determined, I’m told it will be less than ten episodes (though I can’t confirm the Daily Mail’s report that it will be six). It should be stressed, however, that talks with sister studio 20th Century Fox Television are still on-going.

As TVWise previously reported, the revival is aimed to close out the lingering storylines left by the series proper, which, much to the dismay of fans, were left unresolved by the second feature film I Want To Believe. I’m told that Fox landed on the “short order” for two reasons. The first being story requirements – a conclusion that execs came to after prolonged discussions with Chris Carter.

The second – and an equally important one – was scheduling. The feeling was that it would be easier for the always in demand Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny to schedule a block of time to shoot the revival with a short order. The duo, who were always committed to doing more X-Files, have, sources say, agreed to reprise their roles. It is understood than an offer has also gone out to Mitch Pileggi. Other key cast members will also return.

The X-FilesStill scheduling is a big factor – and one of the few remaining sticking points in getting an official pick up. The fact that Duchovny’s NBC drama Aquarius is an off-cycle Summer series helps, as does the fact that Gillian Anderson’s BBC series The Fall isn’t due to enter production on its just ordered third season until the end of this year. The hope is that production can get underway this Summer, but that is not certain at this stage.

Beyond the cast, Chris Carter is returning to the helm, will pen the scripts and will also serve as an executive producer on The X-Files revival. I have been unable to get a clear read on Frank Spotnitz’s involvement. Sources had indicated that having him return was Carter’s preference, but he recently committed to the third season of Tandem’s Crossing Lines, which is now filming in Europe.

An X-Files revival has been on the cards for months, with Fox finally confirming to reporters at the recent Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour that they were in talks for more X-Files. “Real progress” was made in the last month, after sources previously stated in January that Carter’s camp and Fox were “far apart” on terms. The new X-Files series follows in the footsteps of another key Fox franchise: 24 – which was successfully revived with 12 episode limited series Live Another Day.

It is hoped that the deal with the studio and other key players (including former members of the writing staff) will close soon and the X-Files revival will get that official green-light in the coming weeks. According to sources, Fox is aiming to make a “big announcement” just ahead of their upfront presentation in New York City this coming May. Representatives of both Fox and 20th Century Fox Television did not immediately respond to TVWise’s request for comment.

  • WendyD

    Excuse me while I FREAK OUT COMPLETELY. The X-Files remains my favorite show of all-time. To get a few more episodes created by Chris Carter with the real cast is beyond my greatest pop-culture dreams.

    • Mischief Banes

      This is what happens when every new thing Fox tries fails. They bring back old shows, and it’s great. But what happened to the revival of Prison Break? I remember that mentioned in the same breath as X-Files a couple months ago, but haven’t heard anything since.

  • sandra

    Fox needs to renew Bones first because it is the BEST SHOW o n TV!!!!!

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      • Zagreus

        My sentiments exactly. I watched it twice, couldn’t stand it.

  • Duma Remiel

    For the love of god please don’t let Chris Carter write the whole thing. I like some of his ideas, but I’d rather the story cohesiveness of say Darin Morgan. He knows how to write a memorable episode. See “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” and one of the tightest, most well-written episode “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space.” I need somebody there to check Chris Carter before he delivers something like I Want to Believe which wasn’t very appealing at all. But despite all my fears, I’m mostly left hopeful and happy to see my beloved show come back.

    • Reacher

      Totally agree.

      The last film was a total dude.

      I beg FOX and Chris Carter to suck up your pride and get your old writers to pen these new episodes. Make them special. Don’t just put more crap out. Your fans will be pissed if you do.

      On a related note: I’m re-watching Season 3 and many of those episodes were brilliant. Mr. Carter, hire those writers from that season!

  • kaylakaaay

    I have been waiting 7 years for this to happen. Will never forget how excited I was for December 2012 to come thinking a 3rd X-Files movie was coming out. This is the best news ever. I am excited to see what happens.

  • 0JRB19690

    What they should do is a X Files, Fringe crossover. That would be awesome beyond words.

    • Frank Enstein

      It would be awesome, yes. But it is established that Xfiles is fiction in the Fringe universe. There is a chapter, I think is the first of the 2nd season, where you see Xfiles in a TV. I forgot what is that you see (movie or a chapter) but you see Mulder

      • feenix219

        Not necessarily – could have been a dramatized re-enactment. In the same
        episode, they direclty refer to the predecessor of the Fringe Division
        as the X Designation, while attempting to cut Fringe Division funding
        for being a drain on the federal government for over 20 years.

    • Reacher

      Fringe was good, but X Files was FAR superior.

  • Ray Dailey

    Well, they always said television was going to be interactive. Maybe you’ll be able to vote aliens on or off, that would be handy!

    • James Anderson Merritt

      “I’m sorry Gorrxx, Terra has voted, and you have been voted off the asteroid.” 😉

  • Boomstick

    This is awesome news! Personally, what I would do if I was bringing the X-Files back now is to have a new pair of agents as the focus of the show. That said, Mulder, Scully and Skinner can also be on board as well

    • Nikola Polley

      Agree – the show as great as it was, needs to move on. EXPAND. It would be great to include the originals as side characters and let others be the feature.

    • Christina

      Agreed. Gillian and David will always be THE X-Files for me, but I’d like to see the series come back with them in a more complimentary role. I realize they are trying to resolve things left open after the last movie, and as much as I lived and breathed The X-Files when it was on, I still feel like it’s going to be strange having them reprise their roles within the original plot line. I hope it doesn’t blow up in their face and end up as a complete dud.

  • Quikmix

    it’s too late. It’s honestly too late. I’ve already made my peace with things, and this is like opening an old wound.

    If they don’t get this right, there’ll be no forgiving anyone involved.

    • Victory Faust

      I have had the same sentiments. Here’s hoping for the best….

    • dhazard

      Rubicon was awesome, so bummed when they canned it

    • Robo

      At least it’s not a remake with more minorities and gays.

      • You have no idea who else they are casting besides Duchovny and Anderson and one other actor. OH NOES NOT TEH GAYZ. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO WHITE DUDE FANTASY.

    • James Anderson Merritt

      I agree. Rubicon came and went so fast, it seemed as if it had been on Fox. I actually have to work to remember that it was on AMC. I liked seeing the fellow who played Truxton do a brief turn on American Horror Story: Coven. There were also a couple of parts in the 12 Monkeys TV show, for which he was eminently well-suited: I hope to see more of him in the future.

  • bryan k

    wood love to have chance to read for a part in the new episode of x files one of my fav shows

  • TwistedLefty

    PLease, Please, Please

    • Victory Faust

      First quote that came to mind when I heard of a comeback.

  • p w

    GZ X-Files fans. Now, the only shows I want to hear about fox digging out of their graves – Firefly or Almost Human.

    • Ankharan

      I agree on the Almost Human. Was sorely disappointed to see it removed from line-up/canceled. When they did that I stopped watching weekly series shows. I’ve got better things to do that attempt to spent leisure time watching/investing time into something that just disappoints in the end. The show actually had a lot of promise even though the first year like most was a little rough around the edges. Studio know Sci-Fi is expensive to produce and has little following first couple of seasons. It’s true for almost all Sci-Fi of yester-year. It’s almost true of today’s Sci-Fi as well. Well, except for well established things from best selling books that have an already established following combination of new interested followers from the hype of media. Almost Human had a good chance at being a cult-classic with good base of followers to support the show. All it needed was time and a better time-slot. From my POV anyway.

      • feenix219

        So many unanswered questions on Almost Human – too bad they didn’t get to the serial storyline til near the end, and aired everything else out of order. That show had the heart/bond of Knight Rider.

    • Reacher

      +1 for Firefly! Maybe it’ll happen some day. Or maybe Joss can squeeze another movie out.

  • William hickey

    Fox need to renew 24 live another day season 10 24 episode not 12 episode please right everybody because It Is my favorite choice the best ever i promise did you agree

    • Mischief Banes

      I disagree. I thought it was wise to keep it to 12 episodes last season. Even with 12 episodes, it felt like they were pulling ideas from past seasons. With 24 episodes, I feel like they would’ve run out gas heading into the finale anyway.

  • jakebraekesnow

    Can we hope the Smoking Dude is gone for good, along with convoluted plot lines that could never get to the “truth”? Stay tuned.

  • Jehangir

    WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!! Did I die and go to heaven??? All my dreams are coming true 🙂

  • nonyabizzz

    Gillian, I’ve been waiting for you for years… I’m available again…

  • FootysDick Vermeil

    hopefully they work in a few comedy eps. those were the best ones!! crazy vampires and another visit to the side-show’s offseason home is NEEDED!!! :-O

  • Funky Bunky

    Well…..I believe and maybe you should too!

  • donald

    I want to believe and the truth is out there somwhere, but only time will tell


  • TinyTim

    How about the Lone Gunmen??

  • James Anderson Merritt

    This is encouraging news, and, as a long time fan, I look forward to the return of Mulder and Scully. On the other hand, it is amusing to consider that Fox continues to go back to the well of hits from long ago, while mercilessly axing so many promising new, high-quality series before they can reasonably find their footing or their audience. Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Dollhouse, and the X-Files spin-off, The Lone Gunmen, still had many more stories to tell when they were yanked from the schedule. Almost Human looked like a keeper to me. I was just getting into The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., when I learned it was cancelled after just one season. Sliders should have stayed with Fox; the move to Sci Fi (now SyFy) did not really “save” the series, which still had a lot of potential after its last Fox episode. There are many other bodies on the pile. If they would simply let series have fair time to mature, they might be able to fill their airtime with something other than sequels and reboots of old hits, or “here today, gone tomorrow” sacrifices to the ratings gods.

  • randyrandyman

    It’d be cool if they can bring in Vince Gilligan and some of the others who made the original series so special…