DISCLAIMER: These days, I only click on X-Files-related news stories because I’m looking for confirmation that Mulder and Scully are totes doing it IRL. Or fine! Don’t give me confirmation! Just give me some more wild, baseless speculation that all that shipper fanfiction I read back in college wasn’t a complete waste of time — it was allowing me to see INTO THE FUTURE.
If you clicked on this story for similar reasons, I am sorry. I’ve got nothing for you. What I DO have is a very weird, hazy story about the possibility of a third X-Files movie. What? Why would they do that? Does anyone still care?
I thought we as a culture had long since decided X-Files was a once-great show that jumped the alien abduction shark and overstayed its welcome, offering fans no closure or any sense that the writers actually had a storyline in place at all, and weren’t just making the show’s “mythology” up as they went along.
I guess no one gave David Duchovny that memo:
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 f*ckin’ Green Lantern or something, to make it. Here you’ve got an actual action franchise that’s your own. It’s weird to me, but I’m not an executive. I don’t know if they made the Green Lantern either, but I’m just using that as an example of, ‘Why make that film? Why not make a homegrown franchise that is excellent, and that has proven to be excellent and interesting?’ I don’t get it, but that’s not my business.
Why not? WHY NOT? Anybody remember the alien viral bees?
ZOMG JUST MAKE OUT ALREADY JEEZ.
But it appears that the cast and creator are doing their best to change Fox’s mind (despite the second film being a poorly-received dud), and Gillian Anderson tweeted just this week that things are “looking pretty good.”
“I met with Chris before coming here and it’s looking pretty good.” She tweeted, referring to series creator Chris Carter (who also wrote and directed the second film, 2008′s ‘X-Files: I Want To Believe”). She went on to say that while all principal cast members have signed on, it may take some convincing on the part of the cast and crew to studio 20th Century Fox. “We have to convince FOX.” She said.
I just. Hmm. I am tired. On the one hand, hell yeah, how awesome would it be for X-Files to redeem itself and FINALLY live up to its potential — rather than the punchline/cautionary tale it has since become? (The creators of Lost frequently mentioned X-Files as an example of what they were determined NOT to do, aka confusing mythology just for the sake of confusing mythology, no resolution to principal mysteries, dangling plotlines all over the place, etc.)
On the other hand, I just don’t think anyone involved with the franchise GETS IT or understands where it all went wrong. Case in point, from Duchovny:
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 just. Hmm. Again.
On the other OTHER hand, filming a third X-Files movie would give Duchovny and Anderson plenty of time to make with the romance and the real-life sexing. In that case, I would be very much in favor of this.