The script for the first episode of The X-Files revival project has been sent out and, according to David Duchovny, it’s awesome. Also, it made Mr. Duchovny cry.
“I got the first script this morning,” Mr. Duchovny said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “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. 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].”
As for the plot, David kept the details to himself.
“I can tell you absolutely nothing—and it’s fantastic.”
The X-Files revival has been as shrouded in mystery and secret conspiracies as the plots of our favorite episodes from the original run of The X-Files. So far, only a smattering of facts is known about the X-Files revival, which will reunite Duchovny with long-time co-star Gillain Anderson. It is known that the revival will consist of six episodes and that, much like the original X-Files series, the revival will include the alien conspiracy mythology interspersed among stand-alone episodes. The new X-Files episodes will also address the relationship between Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), updating their status in relation to the passing years.
David Duchovny seemed to echo the thoughts of The X-Files‘ creator Chris Carter, when Mr. Duchovny confirmed what the episodes would entail.
“Even though there’s only six, there will be a mix,” David said. “It’s not really The X-Files without the mythology.”
There is some exciting news, especially for fans that were disappointed that the return of The X-Files would only consist of six episodes. Mr. Duchovny revealed that he would consider a second run in the future.
“I would be open to doing another cycle,” Duchovny said. “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 X-Files revival is set to premiere on January 24, 2016 on Fox.
[Featured image: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson courtesy of Fox/The X-Files]