The rumors had been swirling and it seems that it is finally happening: The X-Files is returning! It has been nearly thirteen years since the show went off the air. This is not going to be a reboot or returning to television with a new concept. Nope, the originators of the cult series will be returning for a six-episode event series.
Much like what Fox did with 24: Die Another Day last year, they are hoping to return the nostalgia from the old series. Creator/executive producer Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be returning to the series as their iconic agent, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
The announcement was made through a press release by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group.
“We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of THE X-FILES – one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers – and we couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again,” remarked Newman and Walden. “THE X-FILES was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture – yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning. Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as THE X-FILES, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.”
It is hard to believe that the series debuted nearly twenty-two years ago. Will the new century bring greater storylines or hamper the iconic series that seemed to fit perfectly in the mid-to-late nineties. How will the series be perceived being that it is the grandfather of many of the same shows it helped spawn? We will not know for some time but we will find out when Fox announces an airtime. However, we will be waiting.