Science fiction arguably has more “what if” projects than any other genre. One look at Jodorowsky’s Dune will show you how dangerous some ideas can be. Which brings us to Chris Carter’s The X-Files, a franchise whose characters and mythology have increasingly overshadowed the original series and two features. In the six years since the disappointing The X-Files: I Want to Believe, people have been clamoring for a follow-up, and not just the fans. David “Fox Mulder” Duchovny has been very outspoken over the years about wanting to get back into the conspiracy for at least one more ride, and he’s confident that the only thing that will stop a third feature from getting made is if either he, Carter, or Gillian Anderson dies. Morbid, but passionate. That’s the Mulder way.
The Golden Globe-winning Duchovny recently spoke with Rolling Stone about both the upcoming series finale for his Showtime comedy drama Californication, which is ending after seven seasons, and his upcoming role on NBC’s Manson Family crime drama Aquarius. One might think that Duchovny would have too much on his plate to go back to the award-winning series, but that’s definitely not the case.
“I would always want to do it,” he told Rolling Stone. “I wish we’d done more already. I wish the second one did better business…It’s not impossible, but it’s not easy. And I never think it’s done. I’d say, it’s never done until one of us dies — until one of us three is gone.” He goes on to say that taking a big step back from the Mulder character has helped him to appreciate it all the more; taking roles in various other projects soothed the anxiety he had that people would typecast him as a weird FBI guy.
Chris Carter has expressed interest in a third X-Files movie, as has Gillian “Dana Scully” Anderson. However, both are busy with their own projects right now — Carter has his Amazon thriller The After and Anderson will presumably continue on NBC’s Hannibal when it returns — but neither is so busy that they couldn’t fit in the conclusion to one of the most iconic sci-fi properties out there. They just need a script first. A good script. A really, really, really good script. No retreading of I Want to Believe.
Do you guys want more X-Files? Are you happy hearing that Duchovny can’t stop talking about it, or do you wish they’d all just shut the hell up until it’s ready to go into pre-production?