The sequel is out there: Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are set to return in a new series of The X-Files, 13 years after it last aired.
Our investigation into this paranormal adventure is still ongoing, but here’s everything we know so far:
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are on board
And both of them are very happy about it – obviously. Anderson inadvertently inspired a fan campaign in January this year to bring the show back, even encouraging people to tweet #XFiles2015. Duchovny meanwhile admitted all the way back in 2013 that they were thinking of a comeback, although back then he was expecting a film.
So are a bunch of other original cast members…
Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (Cigarette Smoking Man) are also confirmed. Pileggi plays FBI assistant director Walter Skinner, while Davis featured as the lurking, mysterious – and, as far as we know, dead – Cigarette Smoking Man. He says he’ll feature in episode one of the new series, and may feature in “some of the episodes” in the rest of the run. Clearly no one’s ever really dead in The X-Files.
Creator Chris Carter is back too
“We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of The X-Files – one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers – and we couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group on announcing the show’s return.
And judging by Duchovny’s reaction, the 57-year-old director and screenwriter has still got it. Duchovny revealed at the end of May that he’d just been sent a script for the first episode. “I got the first script this morning,” the actor said. “I just read it about an hour ago and I started crying reading the first page.”
That reaction might be just as much to do with original writers Glen Morgan and James Wong. The only big name missing is Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, who wrote 30 episodes of the original series and acted as executive producer on 40 episodes.
It will air on Fox – again
Six new episodes will air in the new run on Fox in the United States, the show’s original broadcaster. Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, explained, “Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as The X-Files, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.”
The original series aired on BBC2 and Sky 1 in the UK, but the show’s UK home is still unknown.
Mulder and Scully might not be together
Has one of the longest-running will-they-won’t-they romances taken a turn for the worse? Carter hinted in an interview in Canada that “When we come back we will find that relationship is not where we left it.”
In the second X-Files movie, Mulder and Scully were living together but not married. Carter said he hoped to answer some of the questions surrounding their peculiar relationship in the new run: “It was part of the mystery of The X-Files. That relationship was kind of mysterious. Did they get together? Didn’t they get together? If they’ve got a child together, when did they get together? These are questions that we will deal with and answer in good time.”
Judging by these recent photos from an event in New York, at least the actors are still very close.
Filming begins in Vancouver this summer
In the same interview, Carter said he enjoyed shooting in Canada for the “long, dark nights in the wintertime”, but this time the crew will be enjoying a North American summer.
There could be more to come
Duchovny has already said he would be up for more episodes in the future: “I would be open to doing another cycle,” he said. “I don’t know that I could do a 20-episode version of this show at this point in my life, and I don’t know that Gillian could. But I think everybody is open-ended on what happens after this. Certainly, we didn’t bring it back with the idea of ending it.”
Anderson is currently signed up to both BBC drama The Fall and US drama Hannibal (shown on Sky Living in the UK), and is set to feature in a BBC adaptation of War and Peace, so gaps in her schedule are few and far between.