It's official! The X-Files is returning to TV for a six-part series

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Mar 24, 2015, 4:29 PM EDT (Updated)

We've been hearing about a possible X-Files reunion ever since the last one, the film I Want to Believe, hit theaters in 2008. In the intervening years creator Chris Carter and stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have always maintained that they'd be up for another go, whether on the big screen or the small screen, but that the ball was in Fox's court. Talk of a reunion seemed to grow more and more serious over the past few months, despite plenty of other acting commitments for both Anderson and Duchovny, and just yesterday we heard rumors that the announcement of a limited series return to TV was close. Well, now the truth is here.

Carter and Fox announced in a statement today that The X-Files will return to television for a six-episode limited series. Both Anderson and Duchovny are set to return as Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, respectively, setting in motion a small-screen revival that fans have been craving ever since the series went off the air in 2002. 

“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter said. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

We don't know yet when and where the series will be set, what supporting characters might return, or what the overall arc will be, but Carter's reference to "six stories" seems to suggest a return to the classic X-Files form of standalone episodes into which a larger mythological narrative might just be woven. We also don't know when we can expect to see the series, given the busy schedules of everyone involved, but the important thing for now is that it's real. We're actually getting six more hours of The X-Files, proving that all those years of wanting to believe in a reunion weren't for naught after all.

(Via The Wrap)