Chris Carter still hasn’t given up on making X-Files 3, and it sounds like he wants to bring in Shaun of the Dead star Simon Pegg if the movie ever gets off the ground. Yes, please.
In an interview with Empire, Carter was talking up his plans for a third installment in the beloved series, which would follow up on the long-running alien-invasion storyline. He also mentioned that Gillian Anderson wanted to bring in Simon Pegg (Star Trek, The World’s End) for a role, and he would seriously consider making a spot for him in the cast.
As if the franchise didn’t have enough geek cred already, a Pegg appearance would crank it up to 11. Or maybe 12. Regardless, it’d be pretty great.
Here’s what Carter had to say:
"Gillian [Anderson] worked with Simon Pegg on a movie [2008's How To Lose Friends And Alienate People] and told me that he was a big fan. We actually thought about putting him in the second movie, but there was no part for him. I certainly would think about him if we were to go forward in any way.
"It's really up to Twentieth Century Fox, whether they have the will to do it. I think all of us are interested in putting the band back together. I have an idea for a third movie in my head. The colonization date has passed [in the series, the date for the alien invasion was December 22, 2012 - Ed.] and that is something we wouldn't ignore. For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology."
Considering the series has been off the air for a decade, it's great to see that Carter is keeping the hope alive for one more big-screen revival. It also peels back another layer of why the alien-invasion sequel hasn’t happened yet: money. Alien-invasion effects aren’t cheap, but here’s hoping the studio will finally step up and give us one last adventure.
What do you think? Should X-Files 3 happen? Who should Simon Pegg play?