There’s some good news on the horizon for fans of The X-Files who may be looking forward to an additional film in the franchise. While speaking at a panel discussion at Fan Expo Canada, Gillian Anderson, who portrayed Agent Dana Scully on the show, revealed an update on a third X-Files movie saying that she had “met with [series creator Chris Carter] before coming here and it’s looking pretty good.” However, she also went on to say that all of those on board with making a third film still “have to convince [20th Century] Fox.”
Hardcore fans of the blockbuster series from the 1990s have always felt a little let down by the 2008 sequel, which deviated from the popular alien mythology of the series in favor of the classic “monster-of-the-week” theme that many of the episodes shared. The result was a dismal box-office performance that left viewers begging creator Chris Carter for another entry in the franchise; one that could return to [and wrap up] the alien mythology that was at the core of the series from 1993 to 2002.
Several weeks ago, actor David Duchovny spoke with Collider about the franchise’s future and seemed to express dismay at 20th Century Fox for not staying on the ball in terms of what they can still do with the property.
I would love to do another film, or more. I think we’re all game for it. I know I’m kind of perplexed that Fox isn’t more [enthusiastic]. Here’s a homegrown property that you don’t have to go buy, like fuckin’ Green Lantern or something, to make it. Here you’ve got an actual action franchise that’s your own. It’s weird to me, but I’m not an executive. I don’t know if they made the Green Lantern either, but I’m just using that as an example of, “Why make that film? Why not make a homegrown franchise that is excellent, and that has proven to be excellent and interesting?” I don’t get it, but that’s not my business.
From what most of us have gathered from interviews, both cast and creator Chris Carter appear 100% on board to continue the adventures of Mulder and Scully but that the cooperation from 20th Century Fox appears to be the missing catalyst to get things moving. From the studio’s standpoint, it’s not that hard to fathom why they would NOT want to move forward with an additional film. When The X-Files: Fight The Future was released, it grossed close to $189,100,000 worldwide while the sequel only managed to bring in $68,300,000. David Duchovny also shared some insight as to why the film managed to do so poorly in comparison with the first, even while acknowledging that the first film was released at the height of the shows popularity.
Unfortunately, with the last one, they didn’t spend the money to compete in a summer fashion, and they brought it out in the summer. It should be a summer film. It should be an action film. But, the last one we made was not. The last one we made was a dark, contemplative, small $25 million film. It was basically an independent film. When you come out against Batman, it’s not going to happen. You’re not going to be sold as an independent film, and you’re not going to compete against Batman with $25 million.
Given the progress of the interested parties and the continually strong fan-support for The X-Files, the possibility of an additional movie going into production is all but certain depending on the approval of 20th Century Fox.
Let’s DO THIS!
via [Huffington Post]