Ever since 2008's I Want to Believe hit theaters, fans have been hungry for another adventure starring Mulder and Scully, and there's always been at least some glimmer of hope. The X-Files creator Chris Carter and stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have all said they'd be up for more. It was always just a matter of finding the time, finding the story, and more importantly, getting the show's network, Fox, on board. Well, it looks like at least one of those ingredients has fallen into place.
Speaking at the Television Critics Assocation winter press tour on Saturday, Fox Television Group co-chairs Gary Newman and Dana Walden both said they're "hopeful" about an X-Files reunion.
“It’s true that we’ve had some conversations on X-Files,” Newman said. “We’re hopeful of being able to bring that back at some point.”
Walden echoed Newman's sentinment, but cautioned that scheduling is definitely a factor in making the show's return work.
“Gary and I both worked [at 20th Century Fox Television] through the entire run of The X Files. It was a great experience," Walden said. "We’ve maintained good relationships with Chris, David and Gillian. We’re very hopeful, but it’s hard. The actors are very busy. They have a lot going on. Chris has a lot on his plate, so it’s just trying to carve out the time.”
Carter, Duchovny, and Anderson have all kept quite busy since The X-Files ended, so getting them together to make even a limited series could be challenging. Carter, for his part, seems to have a little more time on his hands thanks to Amazon dropping his new series The After, but Duchovny is set to star in the new period crime series Aquarius, and Anderson's at work on season three of Hannibal and could be in line for a third series of her acclaimed BBC crime drama The Fall. Still, schedule-juggling is part of the Hollywood grind, so if Fox is serious about this, the rest could come together.
So, after years of hearing that Fox had to get on board for The X-Files to come back, Fox looks to be on board. What do you think? Is a revival out there?