David Duchovny Wants To Continue 'The X-Files' with More Films
The X-Files had a film open in theaters in 1998 while the show was still running, and its disappointing follow-up X-Files: I Want to Believe came to theaters in 2008, six years after the series' end. Despite some underwhelming box office numbers for the second film, franchise star David Duchovny wants to keep things going and continue the adventures of Mulder and Scully on the big screen. In an interview with Collider about his indie film Goats (out in theaters today), Duchovny spoke a bit about the reasons the second movie didn't fare so well at the box office and how he'd love to return to make another film. Read on!
Here are some choice quotes from Duchovny's interview with Collider:
That book doesn’t close until somebody dies, really. One of the greatnesses of the show was its open-endedness. It was about possibility. It wasn’t about closure. It just couldn’t be. There is no such thing as that story ever ending. Those characters are forever searching. That’s what they do. Even if we’re not watching them, they’re out there, in some dimension. Mulder and Scully are still doing their thing ‘cause that’s their nature.
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.
He makes a solid point. Fox owns the series in its entirety, and they have a large group of people that are still fans, and even new fans are coming to the series after finding out that "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan was a key writer for the show. Seems like a third film to round out the trilogy would make sense. And as to why the second film underperformed at the box office, Duchovny essentially points the blame at the budget and the way I Want To Believe was marketed:
I think Chris [Carter] is probably working on an idea, so we’ll see. 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.
Sounds like Duchovny wants the tentpole treatment for another X-Files film, but even with the established fanbase, I don't know if Fox would be willing to drop $150 or $200 million on an X-Files film. But hey, with studios consistently dredging up remakes of mediocre 80s films, who knows? Anything's possible in Hollywood, so we'll see if Mulder and Scully reunite on the big screen once more. Maybe they'll wait until 2018 to keep a ten year gap between films. Would you want to see another X-Files movie?