UPDATED: Glen Morgan, James Wong & Darin Morgan Sign On For Fox’s ‘X-Files’ Revival

The X-Files

As the month of June draws ever closer, Fox’s X-Files revival is starting to take shape.

Original series writers James Wong (American Horror Story), Glen Morgan (BBC America’s Intruders) and Darin Morgan (Those Who Kill) have signed deals with the studio and will help script the six episode limited series revival, TVWise has confirmed. Glen Morgan and James Wong are also set to direct one episode apiece, while Glen Morgan will also serve as an executive producer.

The trio have been more-or-less on-board for The X-Files revival for some time, with Chris Carter revealing in a interview with XFilesNews last month that Glen Morgan, James Wong and Darin Morgan would be part of the writers room. At that time, however, no deals had been closed (TVLine was the first to report that Glen Morgan and James Wong had inked deals).

As previously reported, Fox’s X-Files revival will run six episode and is set to wrap up storylines left lingering for the series proper. Original series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have signed on to reprise their roles as Mulder and Scully. Mitch Pileggi has also inked a deal to return as FBI Assistant Director Skinner and William B. Davis will also return as Cigarette Smoking Man.

TVWise previously revealed that Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish were also being lined up for roles on the revival. It now appears that neither will appear after Fox ran into some issues in reaching a deal with Robert Patrick. Sources say that the main issue here was scheduling issues as both The X-Files and the second season of Scorpion are scheduled to begin shooting around the same time.

Other key X-Files alums are eyed to take part, but Frank Spotnitz, who was a long-time collaborator with Carter on The X-Files, is not expected to be one of them due to conflicts with his Amazon series The Man In The High Castle, which is now filming its first season. Equally, the busy Howard Gordon and Vince Gilligan are not expected back either.

The six episode revival begins shooting in Vancouver in mid-June. Ten Thirteen Productions and Fox’s sister studio 20th Century Fox Television are producing. Gabe Rotter will produce. Chris Carter serves as executive producer and showrunner, and is also expected to direct at least one episode.

  • FP

    Can you confirm Darin Morgan’s deal? Also, Robert Patrick said that Scorpion is due for filming in July while X-Files starts in June. Might have been enough time for him to film 1 episode but probably better this way.

    • Sources have confirmed exclusively to TVWise that Darin Morgan’s deal has also closed. As for Robert Patrick, situation is still fluid. A deal could be reached, but its not looking good.

  • james

    Isn’t this proposed new season limited to a short run, if so Chris Carter cant muck around with subsidiary horror plots like before in the original X Files series. The X Files movies have revealed much that was only speculated about in the past so this new effort may become another ‘Body snatchers’ 21st Century reimagining which may turn off those new to the X Files universe considering the number of similar alien invasion / conspiracy shows released since the of X files all those years ago.

  • Hank_Henshaw

    While everyone really wants the spotlight to be on Mulder and Scully, I hope they are able to squeeze in a glorified cameo of sorts for Doggett (I’d say Reyes too, but that character never worked IMHO). I’m also wondering if/when we are going to hear casting for NEW characters. This can’t just be a 6-part reunion show. New character(s) not familiar with the happenings of the conspiracy would serve as surrogates for the audience, not just for new potential viewers, but also for the old fans that don’t know what has happened in that world for the past 12-13 years.

    I’m also hoping names outside the original creative staff are announced. Having Glen Morgan, James Wong, but more importantly Darin Morgan (will he be writing one?!), is all kinds of awesome, but I’d love someone with a fresh perspective too. Just not the people from Bad Robot.