The X-Files is to return for a six-episode “event series”, Fox has announced today (March 24).
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their iconic roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, while The X-Files‘ creator Chris Carter will return as executive producer. Shooting is due to start this summer (2015) but further details about the event series have yet to be announced.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter said in a Fox press release. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
Fox’s chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in the statement: “We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of The X-Files – one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers – and we couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again. The X-Files was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture – yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning.”
“Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as The X-Files,” Walden and Newman added. “And we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.”
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.