David Duchovny Confirms Involvement in X-Files Reboot, Claims It Will Be a Limited Series
It just became official that Fox is rebooting the X-Files, but it seemed too good to be true that Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny would return to star. Now, Duchovny confirmed that he is definitely on board, and also tentatively confirmed that the reboot will be a limited series.
Speaking with USA Today, Duchovny said that he is "more than happy and excited to bring it back and do it again with (co-star) Gillian (Anderson) and (series creator) Chris (Carter)."
It certainly sounds like his involvement is official, and I hope this means we can all but assume that Anderson is officially on board as well. Duchovny was great as true believer Fox Mulder, but Anderson's skeptical Scully was the highlight of the series for me, and her wonderful performance on The Fall has shown that her acting chops have only improved over time.
Duchovny went on to say, "I'm assuming that it will happen sooner rather than later now. We'll see what form, how many (episodes). Certainly I can't nor would I be interested in doing a full season. It will be in some kind of limited form. We're all old, we don't have the energy for a full season."
This may sound discouraging for X-Files fans, but I think this makes perfect sense. The uptick in television's overall quality in recent years has partially been the result of shorter seasons becoming more common, so a shorter season will likely make it easier for the writers to tell a well-structured narrative. Shorter seasons also tend to attract in-demand acting talent, as it's easier for them to fit a limited series into their schedules while they continue other projects (which means this is good news for fans of The Fall as well). And although this may seem to imply that there will only be one season, networks are increasingly billing series as "limited events" when, in reality, they'll bring it back in a heartbeat if the ratings are good (see: Extant, 24: Live Another Day).