American broadcaster FOX is developing an animated comedy based on iconic sci-fi television series The X-Files.
The potential show is yet to be commissioned for a full series, but the network has ordered a script and presentation as they explore the idea further.
The animated series would be a light-hearted offshoot from the long-running franchise, focusing on an office of misfits who take on the cases too silly for elite agents Mulder and Scully.
The X-Files first stormed onto television in 1993, gripping audiences with its strange and sometimes eerie cases, as well as its overarching conspiracy storylines.
After ending its initial run in 2002, the show returned for feature-length movie I Want To Believe in 2008, and again for a two-season revival in 2016.
The latter was said to be the final X-Files performance for Gillian Anderson; neither she nor her co-star David Duchovny are expected to return for this latest project.
The X-Files: Albuquerque is similar in concept to the recent Star Trek: Lower Decks, which took a comedic glance at another sci-fi franchise that has historically taken a dramatic tone.
Currently airing in the US on CBS All Access, the series follows a group of federation crew members who lack the glory and heroism of their colleagues on the bridge.