After months of prolonged negotiations, Fox has officially pulled the trigger and renewed The X-Files for an eleventh season.
The network has opted for a longer run for this second revival season, ordering ten episodes, up from the six that comprised season ten. TVWise reported late last year that the increased order was a key objective for senior Fox execs, who were eyeing the new season for a spot of the 2017-2018 schedule.
For a while it looked like a deal might not come together, with scheduling being a MAJOR factor, just as it was for season 10. But the deals have now been closed, with both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson on-board to reprise their roles, while series creator Chris Carter returns as showrunner and executive producer.
There is no word on some of the other key cast members, most notably Mitch Pileggi, though he is expected to return as Assistant Director Walter Skinner. No word on whether any of the writers from season ten – including Glen Morgan, who also served as an executive producer – will be returning for these new episodes. The X-Files is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions. Filming is set to commence this Summer.
“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide,” said David Madden, President, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files.”
The X-Files was the subject of a fierce bidding war between rival UK broadcasters after Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution launched it at the 2015 LA Screenings. At one point it looked as if it would land at the franchise’s long-time UK home Sky1, but the satcaster was ultimately pipped by Channel 5, who took exclusive rights. It is not immediately clear if C5’s deal was only for the tenth season, which was pitched to international buyers as a closed-ended event series, or if they hold an option on any sequels.