‘The X-Files’ Reboot: Gillian Anderson Trying To Bring Back Fan-Favorite Show

Nathan Francis - Author

Jan. 17 2015, Updated 3:13 a.m. ET

Hopes for an X-Files reboot just got a big boost when the show’s star, Gillian Anderson, joined an internet-fueled movement to bring back the popular ’90s drama.

The show ran for more than 200 episodes from 1993 to 2002, building up a strong cult following around FBI special agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Anderson). Along the way, the show earned a number of awards, including multiple Emmys and Golden Globes. It also spawned two movies, and recently fans have mounted a campaign to bring it back to television.

In an interview with Nerdist, Gillian Anderson said she is on board. She called on X-Files fans to show their support by tweeting the hashtag #X-Files2015 to Fox’s Twitter @FoxTV. Anderson added that she would be “f—ing overjoyed” if the show got a reboot.

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Gillian Anderson has been active lately in finding ways to bring X-Files back to fans. Last year, she teased the idea about doing another X-Files film, once again calling on Fox to help make it happen.

“We could crowdfund an ‘X-Files’ movie,” Gillian toldBloomberg TV. “That (funding issue) is ultimately what’s keeping it from happening — other than Fox giving the go-ahead, which is not a small issue.”

But Fox may not be too quick to revive The X-Files. The latest movie, 2008’s The X-Files: I Want to Believe, was only able to draw in the most hardcore cans. The box office bomb earned just $20.9 million, likely giving Fox pause about bringing it back again.

As Gillian Anderson suggested, crowdfunding could be the answer. This method of taking funding directly to fans allowed director Rob Thomas and actress Kristen Bell to make a Veronica Mars movie. A new X-Files movie also appears to have the support of David Duchovny and show creator Chris Carter.

Even if there is no reboot for The X-Files, Gillian Anderson could still have a supernatural movie in her future. She is reportedly campaigning to join the cast of an all-female Ghostbusters update.


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