David Duchovny: It Took So Long for X-Files to Return Because Fox 'Made Mistakes' with the Second Film

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 - 1:38PM
X-Files
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 - 1:38PM
David Duchovny: It Took So Long for X-Files to Return Because Fox 'Made Mistakes' with the Second Film
We were all shocked (and overjoyed) to find out that Fox would be rebooting The X-Files with a six-part miniseries, and it turns out that David Duchovny was just as surprised as we were. In a recent interview, the actor said that he always operated under the assumption that if The X-Files returned, it would be on the big screen:

"When I was doing the show, I always assumed – because we started to do the movies – that we would naturally transition to not carrying the load of doing a full season of the show but doing a movie every four or five years," Duchovny told THR.

The first X-Files movie came out in 1998, while the show was still running. Then, the second film came out in 2008, six years after the series finale, and ultimately made $68 million globally but was near-universally panned by fans and critics. The stars and creator were all open to a third movie, and Duchovny implies that it took so long for the franchise to come back as a result of the second film's poor reception:

"That didn't work out with the movies. … [The second movie] did well, but I guess not well enough. Fox made some mistakes with that movie that hurt the franchise and they didn't seem to want to do another movie."

He also credits the significant changes in the television landscape over the last decade or so with making the X-Files miniseries possible: "So as the TV landscape changed and as it became conceivable to do this show without doing 22 or 25 [episodes] of them on television, then it seemed like a natural thing. We all started to think, 'I don't mind doing it on TV if we don't have to do a full season.' We just could make it like a six-hour movie."

The X-Files revival will see the show returning to its roots, as creator Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson will all return. It has also been announced that the show will see the return of supporting characters such as the Smoking Man, Walter Skinner, John Doggett, and Monica Reyes, and news recently broke that veteran X-Files writers James Wong and Glen Morgan will both return to write new episodes.

"It's going to be the same show," said Duchovny. "It's obviously going to be different times and the characters are going to be older and all of the things that are going to be changing naturally will change."

There is no specific premiere date for the premiere of the X-Files reboot, but it is expected to come out sometime this summer.
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