It’s official: Walter Skinner is coming back.
Mitch Pileggi has inked a deal to reprise his iconic role as FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner in Fox’s upcoming six episode limited series X-Files revival, sources have confirmed to TVWise. The news was first announced by Pileggi on Twitter.
When TVWise first broke the news on March 20th that Fox was closing in on a greenlight for the revival, we also revealed that, while a deal had not yet been reached, Pileggi was being eyed to reprise his role. In a subsequent report on March 27th, TVWise also revealed that the actor was in talks, as was William B. Davis, Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish,
With his deal now in-place, Mitch Pileggi joins a cast which also includes original series stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. I’m told that William B Davis’ deal has also closed and he will appear in the six episode event series. There is still no deal for both Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish, though talks are still underway.
Set to begin production this Summer in Vancouver, The X-Files revival is a six episode limited event series which is aimed to wrap up storylines left by the series proper. It will include a mix of mythology and “Monster Of The Week” episodes and is being shephereded by original series creator Chris Carter, who serves as executive producer.
Speaking at the time that The X-Files revival was greenlit, Fox toppers Gary Newman and Dana Walden said: “We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of The X-Files – one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers – and we couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again. The X-Files was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture – yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning. Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as The X-Files, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.”