Earlier this year, news flew fast and furious around the web concerning the prospect of FOX reviving The X-Files for a one-off season, similarly to how the network resurrected 24 for the Live Another Day limited series. The reports seemed accurate, and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson both expressed a desire to return to their iconic roles. Unfortunately, things have been kind of mum since then, at least until now.
According to a recent report by TV Wise, FOX is engaged in final negotiations for an abbreviated tenth season of The X-Files, with the idea being to order between six to ten new episodes of the sci-fi classic.
This limited order is primarily necessary due to the demanding schedules of both lead actors. Duchovny is set to star in the soon to premiere NBC drama Aquarius, while Anderson stars in the BBC series The Fall, in addition to her supporting role on Hannibal.
Should The X-Files be officially picked up by FOX – which looks very likely – franchise creator Chris Carter will come back to both write and produce the new episodes. X-Files vet Frank Spotnitz is also considering a return to the show, but may not be available.
As far as casting goes, an offer has reportedly been made to Mitch Pileggi, and it’s likely other previous supporting cast members will appear in some fashion. A final announcement concerning The X-Files’ future could reportedly come as early as FOX’s upfront presentation in May.