Fox in Talks to Reboot The X-Files With David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson
It's not often we get excited about a potential reboot, but when the subject of that reboot is The X-Files and the studio is hoping to bring back the show's original stars (David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson), it's time to allow ourselves a cautious squeak of joy. For some time now there have been murmurings of a potential X-Files reboot being discussed at Fox, and while we always loved the idea of it, we daren't get our hopes up for fear of having them dashed. But this weekend Fox TV's very own Chairman, Gary Newman, confirmed that not only were these talks very real, but he was also "hopeful" that a rebooted X-Files would be happening in the near future.
After this huge reveal, Newman's fellow Fox TV Chairman, Dana Walden, confirmed that talks of an X-Files reboot were ongoing, but at this stage they were focused purely on the logistical nightmare of trying to find a time when both Duchovny and Anderson were available to start shooting. This means that there still needs to be a full creative brief put together in order to determine which direction the new episodes will go in. It may be that a reboot is not an accurate term for this project, because far from hitting the reset button, the return of The X-Files could well be a continuation of the story we all know and love.
Between the 1993 and 2002, The X-Files produced 202 episodes spread across 9 seasons plus a number of spin-offs including comic books and movies. Many believe it was the movie spin-offs that triggered the show's slow demise, but others, despite their feelings towards the 1998 movie, remained steadfast in their passion for the show. Though a new exploration of The X-Files would likely draw some significant viewing numbers, it's hard to see it succeeding without Duchovny and Anderson in place as the stars, so it's a real relief to see that, that's where Fox's efforts are directed at these early stages. Since the show departed our screens, Anderson has worked on a number of BBC productions including The Fall and Great Expectations, while Duchovny's Californication generated seven hugely popular seasons over at Showtime.