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.