Duchovny explains why last X-Files movie tanked at the box office

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Dec 17, 2012

Not surprisingly, X-Files star David Duchovny (Fox Mulder) is still jonesing to make another feature film based on the former cult-fave Fox series. But the failure of 2008's I Want to Believe made the odds of another sequel fairly slim. So why did the last movie fail to begin with? Duchovny explains ...

In an interview with Collider, Duchovny said the recent standalone effort tanked because it was released in the summer—but it wasn't a summer movie:

"Unfortunately, with the last one, they didn't spend the money to compete in a summer fashion, and they brought it out in the summer. It should be a summer film. It should be an action film. But, the last one we made was not. The last one we made was a dark, contemplative, small $25 million film. It was basically an independent film. When you come out against Batman, it's not going to happen. You're not going to be sold as an independent film, and you're not going to compete against Batman with $25 million."
When asked if he thinks things ever could get on track for a third film, Duchovny said he'll never give up hope. Ideally, Duchovny hopes the studio will want to dig back into its existing properties to make something with an establish fan base:
"I would love to do another film, or more. I think we're all game for it.  I know I'm kind of perplexed that Fox isn't more [enthusiastic]. Here's a homegrown property that you don't have to go buy, like #$@!-in' Green Lantern or something, to make it.  Here you've got an actual action franchise that's your own. It's weird to me, but I'm not an executive. I don't know if they made the Green Lantern either, but I'm just using that as an example of, "Why make that film? Why not make a homegrown franchise that is excellent, and that has proven to be excellent and interesting?" I don't get it, but that's not my business.
What do you think? Would you stick around for a third trip into the unknown?

(Via Collider)

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