Fox announced that it is reviving the cult sci-fi show for a six-episode "event series"
The X-Files creator Chris Carter has spoken about the show’s eagerly-anticipated revival.
Fox announced on Tuesday (March 24) that it is bringing back the cult sci-fi show for a six-episode “event series”. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their iconic roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, with Carter returning as executive producer. Shooting is due to start this summer (2015) but further details about the event series have yet to be announced.
“It’ll be honest to the characters, and what happened to them since the series ended and the second movie,” Carter promised in an interview with The Daily Beast.
Continuing, Carter revealed that the event series has “no scripts yet” but he and the creative team have a “clear idea” of what they want to achieve. “I know what I want to do, how I want it to lay out – the balance of mythology to stand-alone episodes,” he explained. “Even though none of us have had contracts, I’ve only had one since yesterday, the people that are going to be involved have been talking since the beginning of the year, so we have a clear idea of how this should be, or the best way we think this should be laid out.”
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.
Asked whether the event series could lead to a third X-Files spin-off film, Carter replied: “I think… First things first, we just want to do six great episodes. We’re all primed to do that, there are great stories to tell, and now it’s just distilling it down to telling the best stories possible in the time we have.”