David Duchovny: ‘I’m open to doing ‘The X-Files’ again after 2016 revival series’

Cult sci-fi show is returning for a six-episode event series on Fox early next year (2016)

David Duchovny has revealed that he is open to the idea of returning to The X-Files after next year’s “event series”.

Fox confirmed in March that it is bringing back The X-Files for a six-episode event series. Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are reprising their iconic roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, with Chris Carter returning as executive producer. Mitch Pileggi confirmed last month (April) that he will be returning as FBI boss Walter Skinner.

The network has since announced that it will air Episode One of the event series on Sunday, January 25, followed by Episode Two on Monday, January 26. The remaining episodes of the event series will air on Fox on subsequent Monday nights. At present, the “event series” has yet to be picked up by a UK broadcaster.

Speaking about the event series in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Duchovny revealed: “I got the first script this morning. I just read it about an hour ago and I started crying reading the first page. It was just so strange to see the names on the page. It had nothing to do with the script itself.”

“It was just like, I’d been talking about this for a long time,” the actor continued. “We’d been planning it for a long time. It took a long time to get all the people in the same place and get the deal with Fox. So let’s say two years we’ve been talking about doing it. Now it’s the fun part. Now we actually get to do it. That was nice and strangely emotional for me, and I’ll have to figure out how to use that [in the performance].”

Asked whether the event series could spawn more new episodes of The X-Files in the future, Duchovny replied: “I would be open to doing another cycle. I don’t know that I could do a 20-episode version of this show at this point in my life, and I don’t know that Gillian could. But I think everybody is open ended on what happens after this. Certainly, we didn’t bring it back with the idea of ending it.”

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 first revealed in January that it was having “conversations” about reviving the much-loved series.