Ever since last week finally brought us FOX’s official announcement that classic sci-fi series The X-Files is being resurrected, the anticipation levels have and continue to reach new heights. When The X-Files wrapped its admittedly divisive ninth season back in 2002, it’s pretty safe to say that nobody ever expected a full-on televised return of Mulder and Scully.
In celebration of the blockbuster decree, series creator Chris Carter recently sat down for an interview with X-Files News.com, a chat which saw the writer/producer/director reveal some new details about the series’ upcoming six-episode revival season.
First up, Carter made clear that he has ideas for all the major players in X-Files history, even “replacement” agents John Doggett and Monica Reyes. Both characters have their fans, but many X-Philes also regard the duo as a poor man’s substitute for Mulder and Scully.
In the end, Carter says that whether we get a Doggett and Reyes appearance in the revival is entirely up to the availability of actors Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish. Patrick currently stars on the popular new CBS drama Scorpion, while Gish most recently starred on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.
The Cigarette-Smoking Man himself, William B. Davis was also reportedly approached about returning to The X-Files, but has yet to make a commitment either way. X-Philes will recall that Davis’ sinister character played a large part in the mythology arc of the show, even returning from the (seeming) dead for one last encounter with Mulder in The X-Files’ series finale ‘The Truth.’
In another development sure to please longtime X-Files fans, the revival’s production has been confirmed to be returning to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, filming location of the first five seasons. The X-Files moved to Los Angeles thereafter, at the behest of star David Duchovny.
On the story front, Carter said that The X-Files six-episode revival will be comprised of both mythology episodes and standalone monster-of-the-week tales, in the style of the original series. This decision is sure to bother those among the fandom who would prefer the entire season be dedicated to the alien arc, but those of us who love our creepy monsters will be hoping for another “Flukeman.”
Finally, Carter expressed a desire to reunite as many of the old creative team as possible, but isn’t sure whether people like Frank Spotnitz, Rob Bowman, and Bill Roe will be available. Glen Morgan and James Wong are indeed coming back, as is Glen’s brother Darin, writer of some of the X-Files’ best episodes.
The X-Files season ten begins shooting this summer.