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Gillian Anderson Refuses to Let the Sun Set on the X-Files Franchise

Sometimes, when people drop hints about a movie adaptation being in the works, I snort derisively. But sometimes, when I might otherwise snort, I instead honestly feel bad for any fans reading the statement, and feel like the people involved should really keep it to themselves until they have concrete information.

I know, I know, a good part of getting movies made is showing that there’s an interest in them, and it’s hard to do that if you don’t tell anybody about them, but… I’m sorry. I just can’t see another X-Files movie getting made until years from now when somebody decides it’s time for a full reboot of the concept.

But hope springs eternal in camp X-Files, as Gillian Anderson related this weekend at the Toronto Fan Expo. According to X-Files News, she when questioned on the status of a third X-Files flick was heard to say: “I met with Chris [Carter, creator of the X-Files] before coming here and it’s looking pretty good.”

You could be forgiven for forgetting that there was, in fact, a second X-Files movie released in 2008, a mere week after The Dark Knight began its box office rampage. The X-Files: I Want to Believe opened to mediocre reviews at best, and didn’t do much to reinvigorate the finished franchise.

Blastr points out that Anderson isn’t the only person up for more X-Files. Co-star David Duchovny is also holding out hope:

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 #$@!-in’ 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.

Come on, David. I bet Fox Mulder would know that Green Lantern is a DC Comics character and therefore wholly owned by Warner Bros. Fox has got the X-Men, though, so how about a crossover? In fact now that I come to think about it, and Google it, I can’t believe nobody’s made an official X-Men/X-Files crossover. Fox, get on this.

(via Blastr.)

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  • liz

    This fills me with nerd rage. Hey David if you love the franchise so much WHY DID YOU BUGGER OFF FOR THE LAST TWO/THERE SEASONS!!!

    No I’m done with the X-files CC and DD killed it for me season 9 was a joke and the last move didn’t have anything to do with the X-Files. I prefer to pretend that the series ended at the end of season 7 with Scully, Mulder and William all safe and sound and together.

  • John W

    What about a X-Files/Doctor Who crossover.

    The Doctor joins Mulder and Scully on one of their cases. The whole time Scully can’t believe he’s an alien much less a time traveling alien.

    At the end Fox Mulder joins the Doctor as his new companion and Scully comes along to keep Mulder out of trouble.

  • Anonymous

    They’re obviously trying to get some buzz going. That franchise is pretty much dead and it’s not a case of dying too soon – that show had a massive run plus two films.

  • Anonymous

    It could just be tabloid bull that was regurgitated to me, but I was told a few times that neither of the stars wanted to do anymore movies and that last one had a lot to do with contractual obligations.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    I can’t wait to see Gillian Anderson at DragonCon this weekend!

  • Nick Gaston

    It occurs to me that if they wanted to build up enthusiasm for a new X-Files outing, they could, I dunno…make one that finally wraps up the alien invasion conspiracy you’ve been building up for years?

    Maybe even make it passably epic, at least in contrast to people stalking around darkened warehouse hallways with flashlights for most of the runtime?

    Keep Chris Carter involved, sure. Just promote him to Executive Consultant, and make sure there’s at least one strong, competent creative person between him and the film at all times.

  • Jerilyn Nighy

    Considering the alien conspiracy invasion was supposed to take place 12/21/12 according to CSM, it’s a pity they didn’t have a movie ready to go this year.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    …I could get behind this, and Mulder would be a lovely Amy Pond.

  • Cole

    Love that photo