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?
Reader Feedback - 22 Comments
Truth be told....yes.
Body Morphing Alien Guy. on Aug 10, 2012
I am a big fan of the X files, the last movie was very disappointing but I'd like to see a new X Files movie.
bassie on Aug 10, 2012
F'in A! Yeah. Do it and do it right.
finn on Aug 10, 2012
Please let there be a secret space base on Mars run by the new world order and grey alien shapeshifters with Mulder as their king.
Carpola on Aug 10, 2012
Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Aug 10, 2012
heck yeah! Bring it!
Zanpher on Aug 10, 2012
No thanks that show lost my interest when they decided to air an episode of Mulder playing baseball with an alien...
BinaryChaos on Aug 10, 2012
It was supposed to be a dark show with innate quirkiness. I guess it isn't for everybody.
JL on Aug 12, 2012
The last film was only disappointing because they went for the "monster of the week" type feel opposed to staying with the real story. That does not make it a bad film, I thought it had its merits. Most notably the cinematography and score were awesome, even if the monster did suck. If anything I hope the next film is about the alien invasion and CGB Spender comes back somehow, clone?
jacobcrim on Aug 10, 2012
I absolutely want to see a third film. Even if you didn't like the last film, there is still one more story to be told in the realm of aliens and the mythology of the series. It is possible to make it marketable, especially if they time the release of the film adequately. DON'T release it in the summer. Release it when there's really nothing else out in the same genre. It still has its fanbase, and, like what was mentioned above, the fanbase continues to grow. Hulu and Netflix have both provided a way for people to watch the series for the first time, or all over again. It would definitely be a shame for FOX to walk away from the show that shaped modern television programming.
dangeer on Aug 10, 2012
Bring it on. FRINGE has got me exited about these type of tales. Make a Fringe movie to while you're at it
LOVEXFILESANDFRINGE on Aug 10, 2012
Bring it on. FRINGE has got me exited about these type of tales. Make a Fringe movie also while you're at it
LOVEXFILESANDFRINGE on Aug 10, 2012
Or even a tie-in. What do you think?
JL on Aug 12, 2012
That would be WILD!! The back and forth between Walter, Mulder and Peter Bisop! Ha!
LOVEXFILESANDFRINGE on Aug 13, 2012
Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, YES!
mgray on Aug 10, 2012
The truth is out there.
Vince on Aug 11, 2012
I would love to see another X-Files movie! But...only if the story would be the biggest end all blockbuster and ties up a lot of loose ends of the real backstory and not just feels like another episode (like the second movie did - don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, but it didn't continue the cool story from the first and the series, so a bit disappointing). The truth will set you free!
Guest on Aug 11, 2012
No film, but move it to FX or AMC and make 10-12 episodes a year.
David Banner on Aug 11, 2012
A new series would be awesome! You can see how the quality and follower-ship dropped off when Mulder and Scully were onscreen less in the later seasons (that and it got a little too mushy, and they lost the sexual tension.) It would be great to bring back what made the series great to begin with, Mulder being the wildly imaginative, think outside the box investigator, and Scully being the empirical scientific investigator, a format that worked for several seasons before and has been used in other successful shows since. They could have Mulder reinstated at the FBI or maybe a new agency of his own. It's been a decade since the show ended, so it's not too soon or to late to bring it back. That failing, a movie with a better budget and using seasoned X-Files writers would definitely put me in a theater seat.
JL on Aug 12, 2012
DO NOT BRING IT!!!!!!!!...... let it lead.....
Jericho on Aug 11, 2012
Man, I miss this show. Especially the way the show was in the mid-1990s. I don't know if another movie is a good idea though.
max on Aug 12, 2012
According to X-Files lore, the date of "the" alien invasion is December 22, 2012. If you ask me, Fox et al missed a big opportunity to do a completely different kind of XF film while fully capitalizing on the show's mythology: let the aliens actually INVADE, yo! They could have matched up the release date and everything. Think of it: post-apocalyptic Mulder and Scully, appropriately older and wiser, having prepared for this event for YEARS... well, I for one feel slighted.
Ali Miller on Aug 13, 2012
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