The X-Files is producing as much excitement for fans as it is for FOX network executives, and it seems the network isn’t quite as satisfied with a six-episode X-Files revival as David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and Chris Carter all seem to be. In fact, there may already be plans for something more permanent.
Is The X-Files Revival Meant To Serve As a Backdoor Pilot For Yet Another Spinoff?
Let’s face it. While The X-Files is iconic in its melding of science fiction and horror, its track record with spinoffs leaves much to be desired. First, there was Millennium, which starred Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, and Terry O’Quinn, running from 1996 through 1999. Not a bad run, but certainly not as impressive as The X-Files‘ nine-season run.
The second X-Files spinoff, 2001’s The Lone Gunmen, was far less successful than either of its predecessors, lasting only one season with only 13 episodes at time when a traditional season lasted between 20 to 24 episodes.
Bearing all of that in mind, it seems FOX executives are still excited about the prospect of using The X-Files revival as a backdoor pilot to kickstart a new X-Files series. The concept for The X-Files spinoff is that the younger agents seen in The X-Files revival, Agent Miller (Robbie Amell) and Agent Einstein (Lauren Ambrose), will be the focus of a new regular spinoff series.
When TV Line asked Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files and showrunner for the revival, he seemed cagey and unwilling to share what information he has on the topic, though his denials seem to suggest he is hiding something.
First, Mr. Carter said that there wasn’t “a series deal beyond” the six-episode revival for Amell or Ambrose, though The X-Files creator also suggested “people can speculate, but [their pacts] weren’t negotiated that way.”
“Right now I’m focused on doing the show with David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson],” Chris said upon being questioned further on the topic of an X-Files spinoff.
The X-Files: I Still Want To Believe
A new teaser poster for The X-Files revival suggests much, even more than what has been revealed in the latest X-Files promo video. While the trailer has many believing that Fox Mulder has lost his faith and sense of purpose, this new poster seems to imply just the opposite. Updating the beloved Fox Mulder catchphrase to “I still want to believe,” this new poster suggests that, even if Mulder’s faith has waned, his desire to search for the truth will be reignited at some point during the six episode X-Files revival.
The image also reveals that the X-ray, which is clearly that of an extraterrestrial’s skull, originated from the 1947 Roswell, New Mexico spacecraft crash, implying that something will lead Mulder (Duchovny) and Scully (Anderson) back to that old crash site, as The L.A. Times reports. The crack in the alien’s skull may also suggest a greater conspiracy that started with the murder of this extraterrestrial and, with that in mind, it seems possible that Mulder’s assertion that “we’ve never been in more danger” isn’t a clue to his own personal demons, but a warning that he has uncovered a threat greater than ever before imagined.
Considering all that has been revealed about this six-episode X-Files event, it almost seems as though Chris Carter and company are delving too deeply into plots that can’t possibly be resolved within 6 episodes. Could this mean future seasons for Duchovny and Anderson? Or does this lend truth to the rumors that Amell and Einstein will be picking up The X-Files torch and introducing the series to younger generations?
As someone once said: trust no one.
The premiere of The X-Files revival is scheduled to air in a special time slot, following the conclusion of the NFC Championship game. The regular time slot for The X-Files will be Monday nights on FOX.
[Featured image courtesy of FOX/The X-Files]