New ‘X-Files’ movie must happen before it’s too late, says writer

Writer Frank Spotnitz says it's a 'cultural crime' that 'The X-Files' remains unresolved for fans

Writer Frank Spotnitz has insisted that The X-Files franchise should spawn another movie before “it’s too late”.

Spotnitz worked on the cult 1990s TV show for eight of its nine seasons and co-produced its 1998 spin-off film, also called The X-Files. He later co-wrote and co-produced the series’ second big screen outing, 2008’s The X-Files: I Want To Believe, which performed poorly at the box office.

In an interview with Collider, Spotnitz attributed the failure of the second film to its plot, which focused on a standalone “story-of-the-week” rather than the series’ ongoing alien mythology. He explained: “It was released at the height of summer and it was a story-of-the-week. That’s not what the movie-going audience wanted. The movie-going audience wanted the aliens. That’s what they know The X-Files for.”

To resolve its alien mythology for the fans, Spotnitz insisted that The X-Files is in urgent need of a third movie. He added: “That story is not done and it should be finished. I don’t think it’s too late, but I think it’s gonna be, pretty soon. I’m still agitating with everyone I can grab to say, “Let’s make this movie while we still can!”

Spotnitz also spoke about his “close friendships” with The X Files‘ creator Chris Carter and executive producer Vince Gilligan and revealed that he is still in touch with stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. He urged fans to “write to 20th Century Fox” to petition for a third movie and insisted that “it’s a cultural crime that they have not finished the series”.