The X-Files is classic, even iconic. The show had a huge following during the nine years that it aired between 1993 and 2002. The show also paved the way for the procedural shows that so many people love today. Naturally, fans are excited that the show is coming back to television in a six-episode reboot.
While Gillian Anderson, who plays Agent Dana Scully, and David Duchovny, who plays Fox Mulder, are both back on the reboot, Esquire reports that Anderson was ill at the thought of bringing back The X-Files when she first heard the idea.
“The first time I heard the idea of continuing The X-Files mentioned was at New York Comic-Con in 2013, when we appeared to mark the show’s twentieth anniversary. Somebody from the audience asked about the possibility of us doing more movies or shows, and I think I threw up. Or at least I had such a strong negative reaction to the idea that that’s the way I remember the moment.”
With that as a beginning, it’s a wonder the reboot ever happened. The X-Files creator, Chris Carter, spoke of the power of doing the show at this time in television history.
“I can tell you this: It’s the Golden Age of television. It’s drawn in so much talent: Writers, directors, actors, producers. So I saw that call as an opportunity to pull talented people that I really care about and love working with back into my orbit. Which, for me, was the sweetest thing about doing this.”
David Duchovny agreed the timing was right and that presenting The X-Files in shorter seasons was the answer – and the only way bringing the show back would ever become a reality.
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“We’ve always talked about it. But when people talked about doing The X-Files for television, I assumed they meant the usual 24 episodes, and I’ll never do that again. So I assumed it was dead. But, like Chris, I saw that a new model of cable season was becoming a great new way to tell stories, and that the networks were catching on to that idea, too. And so it became obvious to Chris that we could bring The X-Files back to television and that this is a really good format for telling a five-hour story.”
The premiere date for The X-Files is just days away, January 24 and 25, and the feeling in the air is palpable. The Den of Geek reports that there is now an extended promo that reveals so much more of what the new series is about. At more than 20 minutes in length, this promo shows bits of the show and a lot of input from the cast and creators.
The allure of the new X-Files series has come with some interesting speculations. In particular, Entertainment Weekly reports that there has been speculation that the character Dana Scully is immortal.
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When asked about it, Chris Carter merely said to watch out for episode 6.
“It’s certainly been suggested, but I can tell you this: Stay tuned for episode 6.”
The basis of the immortality theory lies in an episode from the original series called “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Response.” In the series, Peter Boyle plays the part of Bruckman, a man who can see how people die. At one point, Scully asks him how she will die, and his reply is, “You don’t.”
The idea of Scully’s immortality is then perpetuated in other episodes from the original series. Now, it seems as though The X-Files reboot might pursue this part of the storyline further, which is an intriguing idea. Fortunately, fans will find out soon enough.
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