X-Files Creator Chris Carter's Secret Project - Fencewalker
by Alex Billington
June 25, 2008
Like J.J. Abrams before him, X-Files creator Chris Carter has secretly started on a new project called Fencewalker. Unfortunately this one doesn't feature a giant monster attacking New York City, or anything supernatural for that matter. Fencewalker is described as a dark dramatic coming-of-age semi-autobiographical film that is Carter's passion project. Carter has been shooting in the Los Angeles area, but no one involved will confirm that it's actually in the works - how odd. I'm quite interested in this, although I'm curious as to why it's being shrouded in such secrecy when it doesn't seem like it has anything big to reveal. Care to speculate on what it might be about?
Carter wrote the script himself and financed the project entirely on his own. Fencewalker has a "modest budget" and doesn't even have a distributor yet. Natalie Dormer, Katie Cassidy, Xzibit, Derek Magyar, and Meckah Brooks all star in the film. Give or take Xzibit, the cast is full of fresh new actors, not unlike J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield. Beyond these details, not much else is really known. However, a quick check on IMDB reveals that Carter was a journalist for Surfing magazine before breaking into the business. Another tidbit reveals that he was working on an autobiography called Friday At Nine about the shows he's created and titled due to their timeslot. It's unknown whether that has anything to do with Fencewalker or not.
Carter is currently finishing work on The X-Files: I Want to Believe while also working on Fencewalker. Given his filmography includes rather dark supernatural or sci-fi thrillers like "The X-Files", "Millennium", "Harsh Realm", and "The Lone Gunmen", we can speculate that Fencewalker might have that similar sort of feeling. I'm quite interested in knowing if there really is a surprising secret element to this project that will be an exciting reveal or whether Carter just prefers to work in quiet. For those familiar with Carter and his work, maybe you can shed some more light on this. What could Fencewalker be about?
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
I speculate its about a forensic profiler who turns into a werewolf to battle aliens. After 3 seasons .. the show will go in a completely different direction and kill off all its main characters in a way that completely contradicts everything we had been led to believe about them.
Jonny on Jun 25, 2008
Chris was filming in his hometown Bellflower CA where he went to High School there, address he is filming is 16237 grand ave Bellflower ca 90706. They were filming for one week.
oldschoolfo on Jul 1, 2009
I don't know unless its a human. Who or what could walk on a fence, along a fence or around a fence? I live in Bellflower around the corner from one of the homes that was being filmed, and when I asked, What was being filmed? I was told "Fencewalker." Curosity got the best of me and I decided to search in Google and see what I could findout about "Fencewalker". OK, I enjoy watching the X-Files, so I will be looking forward to seeing "Fencewalker."
Fred on Jul 5, 2009
Fred, Small world huh? I lived right across the ST Grand Ave when they were shooting and I was twenty feet from Chris Carter. I was told he wanted to film in his hometown Bellflower, CA since he went to school at Bellflower High School. More below; A month before THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE even hits theaters, Chris Carter isn't in an editing booth or embarking on some whirlwind promotional tour. No, he's in Los Angeles shooting his next movie . Huh? Yeah no one else has heard about it either. Carter was able to write, cast and begin production on the film without word leaking out and only today did The Hollywood Reporter first leak word of the film. So what is this FENCEWALKER about? Well it stars Natalie Dormer, Katie Cassidy and X-FILES star Xzhibit and is supposedly a "coming-of-age, semiautobiographical" movie with "no supernatural elements." Carter reportedly wrote the project a long time ago when "The X-Files" ended its run on TV and has looked at it as a passion project. It's unclear how or why after all this time, Carter was able to fit it in directly after his first directing gig in years. Was making THE X-FILES: IWTB so taxing on his constitution he needed to reboot by making an indie drama? Did he simply love Xzhibit that much needed to much another film with him pronto? As Carter does interviews for X-FILES, expect more about this film to come out... Extra Tidbit: Carter has never directed anything outside the world of "The X-Files." Source http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=21742
oldschoolfo on Jul 5, 2009
Hello, Would you happen to know of a current office address for Chris Carter? It's important for me to ask/find out if a man name Mark Phillips assisted in the input of writing of an X-Files episode of "Paper Clip". Many thanks... Pam
Pam on Jul 4, 2010
None of you are correct as to what the film is about.
sara on Feb 3, 2011
I wouldn't say "Cloverfield" was JJ Abrams'. The man produced the film, but he didn't write the story, according to the credits at least. I don't say a movie is someone's unless they wrote it. Cloverfield was Drew Goddard's.
Gabriel on Jun 13, 2012
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