Tuesday, July 17, 2007
So how many years has it been since the X-Files ended? Four? Five years? Actually, the real question is when did you stop watching it? I stopped watching pretty much as soon as they started replacing David Duchovny. But it appears the franchise just isn't going to die just yet. Yep, they have finished the script for a second movie and David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have both signed on to star in the movie. David Duchovny, who played special agent Fox Mulder on the television series The X-Files and in the 1998 feature film, told reporters that he will be getting a finished script of a proposed second movie this week. Speaking in a news conference at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. on July 14, Duchovny said that The X-Files creator Chris Carter drafted the new script with longtime producing partner Frank Spotnitz. (Duchovny was promoting his new Showtime series Californication.) "Chris has written it with Frank Spotnitz, and Chris will direct it," Duchovny said. "And [co-star Gillian Anderson is] on board, and I'm on board, and that's all I can tell you. I mean, I'm looking forward to seeing what he did." Rumors of a second film have been circulating since the previous one came out. This time, Duchovny said that the long-anticipated sequel project is finally moving forward. "Before, I would just say that because they told me," Duchovny said. "But now I've been talking to Chris and he's been giving me progress reports. He actually called yesterday and said next week we should have something." Duchovny added that he's looking forward to bringing back Mulder because "he's cool." Filming for the proposed stand-alone film would begin in November, with an eye toward release in the summer of 2008, he said. I gotta admit, this has me a little stumped. First, I have no idea how the series ended other than the fact that Lucy Lawless was brought in at some point. Maybe in the sci-fi world that's a sign a series is going to end--just look at Battlestar Galactica. But that's besides the point. I'm just trying to figure out how the story is going to flow after so many characters were introduced and after such a prolonged absence. Will anyone remember what's going on? And at the same time, I kind of like the idea of seeing Scully and Mulder again.