When the eleventh season of The X-Files was officially announced, I knew people personally that lost their shit with excitement (okay that was me). It was the exclamation heard round the fandom world and something the fans have been waiting for a looooooong, long time. Even though there’s still more than a year to go, fans are chomping at the bit for more information and we received some yesterday. We have the names of the season 11 The X-Files writers.
A lot of people are pretty upset by the choices….and a lot of people are also happy. So I guess they covered all of their bases. Coming to the writers’ table are familiar faces and X-Files veterans joining Carter: Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, and James Wong. They all had a hand in last year’s season 10 special as well.
The noobs of The X-Files writers are Gabe Rotter, Benjamin Van Allen, and Brad Follmer. All have some experience in the The X-Files world, but not that much. According to IndieWire, Rotter and Van Allen were writers’ assistants in seasons 9 and 10 and Follmer was the personal assistant to show creator Chris Carter.
People are upset because there is a distinct lack of estrogen in the writing department for season 11. While many understand bringing the veterans back, that doesn’t explain the choices of the more inexperienced writers he slipped by Fox.
Carter defended his decision to IndieWire in the past on his choices of writers during the season 10 reboot stating:
“I think it would have been a mistake, because you want to make good on a promise. You don’t want to take a chance. If it didn’t work you’d be sunk because there is no way to recover if someone wrote a script and it didn’t work. The clock is ticking. The clock is always ticking in series television. You don’t have a chance to make a mistake. You have to put it on the page first and you can’t fix it in post, no matter how much you rely on your post-production process. If it’s not there to begin with, it’s very hard to manufacture quality.”
Even though he said that about season 10, the same pressure is on Carter for season 11. The X-Files has a large fan base that has followed the show for decades (me included). It’s a pressure cooker of a writing room to push out quality writing for a show that means a lot to a lot of people.
With seven writers and ten episodes, there’s a chance for a triple Carter episode in this season. Regardless of your feelings about Carter’s decision about the new writers, it feels good to know our little alien baby is partially safe in the hands of the veterans of The X-Files writers.
Season 11 starts filming this summer, so stick with iHorror for updates on the show. Are you a Bruce Campbell fan? Check out that one time he was on The X-Files.