It's been eleven long years since FBI Special Agents Mulder and Scully last donned their detective hats, but it's looking increasingly likely that the cult pairing will reunite on-screen in the near future.
In the show's 20th anniversary year, its stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have joined together for a string of commemorative events where they've been asked inevitable questions about a sequel to the two existing X-Files films.
Yesterday they offered the strongest hint yet, during a Reddit Q&A ahead of their appearance together at New York Comic Con. When asked by a user about the latest on a third movie, Duchovny had the following encouraging response...
"I think Chris [Carter, the creator of The X-Files] is working on a script. Chris is shooting a pilot right now, so he might not be working on a script, but he claims to be working on a script, and if he does do that and Fox wants to make it … Gillian will do it, I will do it, so start your writing campaign now. Seriously. We'd all love to do it. The ball is in Fox's hands. And not Fox Mulder, Fox the studio.
"We want to see Obama's picture in the office. We gotta hurry. We don't want to leave it off at the X-Bush. Or we'd love Hillary up there. Hillary and Mitch Pileggi as the attorney general."
Carter's comments on a possible feature film to Empire magazine back in August appear to confirm Duchovny's statement that the creative team are keen for Fox to green-light the project.
"It's really up to Twentieth Century Fox, whether they have the will to do it. I think all of us are interested in putting the band back together. I have an idea for a third movie in my head. The colonisation date has passed [in the series, the date for the alien invasion was December 22, 2012 - Ed.] and that is something we wouldn't ignore. For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology."
The X-Files - which counted Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan amongst its writing team - originally ran for nine season between 1993 and 2002, with two silver screen projects released in 1998 and 2008.