Chris Carter Says 'X-Files 3' Up to Fox & Wants Simon Pegg Involved

August 26, 2013
Source: Empire

The X-Files

Just over a year ago, David Duchovny expressed a desire to reprise his role as Agent Fox Mulder, and reunite with Gillian Anderson as Agent Dana Scully for a third big screen go round for The X-Files, the film franchise based on the Fox sci-fi TV series. However, there was no evidence that creator Chris Carter had anything in mind, and the actor indicated that Fox didn't seem to keen on a sequel after the second film X-Files: I Want to Believe, underperformed at the box office. Well, Carter recently spoke to Empire about the possibility of a sequel, and says, "It's really up to 20th Century Fox, whether they have the will to do it."

Carter is under the impression the whole gang wants to come back for The X-Files 3 too, saying:

"I think all of us are interested in putting the band back together. I have an idea for a third movie in my head. The colonization date has passed  and that is something we wouldn't ignore. For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology."

For fans not in the know, the colonization date is December 22nd, 2012, and that's when an alien invasion was supposed to take place. We're not sure how they would go about dealing with that plot point from the series, but an alien invasion could always happen in the third film, perhaps using the ancient calculation of time passing as an excuse for their arrival being later than the date suggested. Anyway, it doesn't sound like there are any solid plans for the film, but Carter has clearly been thinking about the story should the opportunity arise. Fans just need to make their demand known!

Speaking of fans, they might be happy to hear of a potential new cast member should the third film get off the ground. Sci-fi favorite Simon Pegg is very much on Carter's radar, and he would likely ask him to take a role if the film came together. Carter hasn't met Pegg (he also hasn't seen the series "Spaced" which is filled with X-Files references), but he recalled, "Gillian [Anderson] worked with Simon Pegg on a movie [How To Lose Friends And Alienate People] and told me that he was a big fan. We actually thought about putting him in the second movie, but there was no part for him. I certainly would think about him if we were to go forward in any way." It would be just one more sweet addition to Pegg's career which includes other big franchises like Mission: Impossible and the reboot of Star Trek. As for a third X-Files film, we won't hold out breath, but the truth is still out there, so we'll see what happens.

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i think it's time to pull the trigger on this series. it ran aground a long time ago before the series even ended.

Linkfx on Aug 26, 2013


Yeah before the series even ended....and yet with Season 8 and 9 they gave us some of the best pieces of artistic television ever.

Ryo Shenmue on Aug 27, 2013


i guess it's all a matter of opinion, i personally think the show fell apart dramatically when they moved shooting to los angeles.

Linkfx on Aug 27, 2013


Yeah, Vancouver was its home. I don't think the Doggett/Reyes seasons were necessarily bad TV; they were just so incongruous and tacked-on, an attempt to reinvent a show that should have been allowed to bow out gracefully.

Ali Miller on Aug 27, 2013


Great writing is not a "matter of opinion", Season 8 and 9 are not my favourites but in Season 9 we have "Improbable", which is one of my 10 favourite episodes but it is also been listed several times as one of the 50 best episodes in TV History(along with several other X-Files Episodes). Oh, and in Season 7 Chris reached his highest point as a writer, one could argue that the style was different(it was) but the artistic merits MUST be recognized.

Ryo Shenmue on Aug 27, 2013


it's all a matter of opinion. there's so much more that goes into a show than just good was the abandonment of the feel and look of the original series and the fragmenting of the cast that ended my interest in it...and i was a loyal viewer from episode 1. Anyways, you are perfectly entitled to your informed opinion as am I...I just fail to see it from your I am not you, but let's just respect eachother and leave it at that. I'm sure you're just as big a fan of the show as I was at the time.

Linkfx on Aug 27, 2013


please do. Xfiles will always be worth a watch

ColtNoir on Aug 26, 2013


There's still one more great story to be told about alien colonization, or Mulder/Scully's prevention of said apocalyptic event. It would really make a great film.

dangeer on Aug 26, 2013


The last x-files movie was a flop what makes them think there is an audience for this one? Everyone is into comic book movies now unless they gain the interest of Will Smith to be apart of this movie then they might have a fighting chance since he is still a relevant actor to most people. X-files has had it's day in the sun and maybe 20 years later they might reboot it into a parody movie which is more likely to happen than a 3rd story.

BinaryChaos on Aug 26, 2013


the 2nd one was poor, but was explained as to the reason why. - they had to keep it a stand alone. this one, as stated, would not be and would more relate to the series and first movie.

ColtNoir on Aug 26, 2013


I actually liked the second movie, but then I took it for what it was - a quieter standalone thriller in the vein of the show's MOTW episodes. Gillian and David were wonderful to watch together, as always. But the film was kinda doomed from the outset, being released the weekend after The Dark Knight. I've been waiting for a film that addresses the colonization date since I first saw the show. I'm glad the hope for that is still alive, even though I think they totally dropped the ball not trying for a release on December 22nd, 2012. đŸ˜‰

Ali Miller on Aug 27, 2013


"Everyone is into comic book movies now" I cannot stand comic book movies as I find them silly and unrealistic. The more serious sci-fi films that are made, the better - and the X Files was an outstanding series that translated into two very enjoyable films. The second film was actually a pretty great standalone story. But because it didn't resolve the alien invasion story arc, everyone dismissed it. More people should go back, accept that it was never intended to be what people assumed it would be, and give it a chance. As for a third film, if it was truly billed as the answer to everything and the resolution of the entire series, I honestly believe it would be a success. To this day, most people have no clue as to "what happened at the end that show The X Files", because it never truly ended.

crystaltowers on Aug 27, 2013


I can summon the demon to watch Mulder and Scully on a big screen, IMAX would be better. Please, do.

Nam Myoung-Hee on Aug 26, 2013


I'm sick of hearing about what Chris Carter has rattling around in his head. Put up or shut up.

bdkennedy11 on Oct 21, 2013

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