Frank Spotnitz 'wouldn't be surprised' if X-Files pulled a Star Trek

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Jan 14, 2013, 1:38 PM EST

The last movie might've been a dud, but former X-Files producer Frank Spotnitz knows the franchise is still one of the biggest around when it comes to name recognition. So what could that mean for the future?

In an interview with Den of Geek, Spotnitz said he would love to continue the story with the existing cast via a third film to bring the series to a close—though the commercial and critical failure of 2008's The X-Files: I Want to Believe might have killed those chances.

They don't have a script ready yet, but Spotnitz said he and series creator Chris Carter already know what a final film would focus on:

"I mean I've known for many years what I would like the movie to be and I've been talking to Chris Carter about it for many years, but there is no script ... It's the climax of the alien colonization story that began the series."
We all love Mulder and Scully, but considering that it's been nearly 20 years since the series first debuted and the mythos has more than collapsed under its own weight, it'd be a tough sell to keep the series going. It's why Buffy The Vampire Slayer moved on to comics, and why Star Trek got a fresh-faced reboot.

But that doesn't mean The X-Files is over.

Though he doesn't know of any current plans, Spotnitz said, when asked whether he thought X-Files could return to TV the way Star Trek did, he would not be surprised if Fox decided to reboot the series at some point with some new hot, young agents and a fresh slate of alien invasions and monsters:

"I wouldn't be surprised at all. I mean, I don't think I would have anything to do with it but you know, for better or for worse, these things are titles of big corporations , like Star Trek belongs to Paramount and The X-Files belongs to Twentieth Century Fox and it's a huge asset in their libraries so I can't imagine they would let it sit languishing forever.

Anything could happen. I just hope that if they do it, they do it well, that's my only request."

What do you think? Has Fringe filled the void, or would you still like to see a proper X-Files reboot?

(Via Den of Geek)