Second ‘X-Files’ movie conspiracy free?

by W. Andrew Powell

Almost 10 years have passed since the first, and only, X-Files movie hit theatres, and even though the show has been off the air for over 5 years, it looks like the wait is finally over for Mulder and Skully fans. According to co-star David Duchovny, who played Fox Mulder in the show, he’s just waiting to see a script for a new film, and he expects to see it as early as next week.

Chris [Carter] is going to direct it. Gillian [Anderson] is on board and I’m on board,” Duchovny said. “I’ve been talking to Chris and he has been giving me progress reports. He actually called yesterday and said next week you should have something to read.”

That quote, taken from an E! Online, came as Duchovny spoke to TV critics at the annual Television Critics Association tour about his new show Californication. The article also confirmed that production could start by November with the film hitting theatres in the summer of 2008.

X-Files originally hit the air in 1993 and was a huge hit. Carter was the show’s creator, writer, director, and executive producer and also wrote the first X-Files film, The X-Files: Fight the Future. He’s been working on a second film for years, but a dispute in 2005 between him and 20th Century Fox, the studio behind X-Files, had put those plans on ice until things were recently settled out of court.

Fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for any of the rampant conspiracy theories they were used to in the show, or in the previous film however. Last year Anderson, who played Dana Skully, said in an interview with Empire Magazine, “All Chris says is that he wants to make a really scary horror, like a stand-alone episode,” and went on to add, “I don’t think they’re interested in touching on any of the conspiracy stuff.”

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