New episodes of ‘The X-Files’ reportedly close to getting green light

Fox revealed in January it is having 'conversations' about bringing back Mulder and Scully

The planned revival of The X-Files is reportedly close to being officially commissioned by US network Fox.

The cult sci-fi show originally aired on Fox for nine seasons between 1993 and 2002 and also spawned a pair of spin-off films, released in 1998 and 2008. Fox revealed in January that it has had “conversations” about reviving the much-loved series. The potential new season would feature the show’s iconic lead duo, David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully, as well as input from The X-Files‘ creator Chris Carter.

Now TVWise is reporting that Fox “is close to giving an official green-light” to a new season of The X-Files. Fox is said to be planning to bring back the show for a “short-stack” order of fewer than 10 episodes – a decision motivated partly by Duchovny and Anderson’s limited availability, and partly by storyline considerations following discussions between Fox and Carter.

Duchovny has recently confirmed that he is keen to return to The X-Files, but for a “limited” run of episodes as opposed to a traditional-length season of over 20 episodes. Meanwhile, during an interview in January Anderson said she would be “fucking overjoyed” if Fox brought back The X-Files, and urged fans to tweet at the network to show their support for the revival.

According to TVWise, Fox is hoping that Duchovny and Anderson will begin filming the new episodes of The X-Files this summer, but this is said to uncertain at present. The network is said to be optimistic about giving the revival its green light “in the coming weeks”.