David Duchovny ‘excited’ to come back if Fox revives The X-Files

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Jan 21, 2015, 5:39 PM EST (Updated)

Fans have been clamoring for an X-Files revival ever since the last film sequel underwhelmed at the box office back in 2008 — and now we might finally get our wish.

We heard just a few days ago that Fox is actively considering a revival for the series, and USA Today caught up with original star David Duchovny (Fox Mulder) to talk about the report and whether he’d be game to put on his alien-hunting loafers one more time.

Duchovny, co-star Gillian Anderson and series creator Chris Carter have all been advocates of an eventual revival, so not surprisingly, he said he’d be “more than happy and excited to bring it back” — assuming the original cast and creative team are still in place.

There’s no telling whether there have been any discussions between Fox and Carter up to this point, but for Fox execs to talk so candidly about it, you’d think they’ve at least reached out. Since Carter’s latest series The After got the ax from Amazon, you’d have to think his schedule is clear for a new run of episodes.

Duchovny went a little further, though, positing that any revival would likely represent a miniseries type of project (similar to what Fox did with 24, and what NBC is putting together with Heroes). As networks get more and more desperate for hits, reviving the old stalwarts is looking more and more promising:

“I'm assuming that it will happen sooner rather than later now. We'll see what form, how many (episodes). Certainly I can't nor would I be interested in doing a full season. It will be in some kind of limited form. We're all old, we don't have the energy for a full season.”

We’d have to completely agree on that last point with Duchovny (no, not the old one). There’s no reason for a full season, and the best approach for everyone would almost certainly be a miniseries to wrap up all the major plot lines (i.e. the alien arc). It’d bring back original fans but keep that story open just enough to be inclusive for new fans.

Make it so, Fox. No pun intended.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

(Via USA Today)