On Saturday, David Duchovny told the Television Critics Association that the stars are aligning for a second X-Files movie.
Duchovny says he’s getting the script — by series creator Chris Carter and prolific X-Files scribe Frank Spotnitz — sometime this week.
Maybe he’s reading it right now.
Or maybe he’s making out with Téa Leoni.
I know that’s what I’d be doing.
Carter will direct, with Duchovny’s Fox Mulder being reunited with Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully.
I’m equally excited and terrified.
It was a dark and stormy night — I’m not making that up — when I got home from work once upon a time in 1993 and flipped on the TV just as the pilot episode was beginning. As a lifelong believer in everything from UFOs to the Loch Ness Monster, I was immediately swept up in what became one of my favorite television shows of all time. (It didn’t hurt that Scully was just about the prettiest thing I’d ever seen.)
“Existence” — the final episode of the show’s eighth season — is one of the most rocking hours of TV ever produced. And its ending — with Mulder and Scully cradling their newborn son and new X-Files agents John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish) poised to continue Mulder and Scully’s work — would have been and should have been the end of the series.
The Fox network wanted to keep it going, and on it went with Doggett, Reyes and Scully and baby William, but no Mulder until the last episode. The result was one of the most shamefully awful final seasons (and subsequent season finales) in the history of television.
My review is right here.
It would have been awesome if they’d left Mulder and Scully alone and carried on with Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish, who never gave anything less than their best to the show. But the Season Nine episodes fizzled due to poor writing and asinine plotting, with the exception of the beautifully spooky hospital thriller, “Audrey Pauley.”
The finale was so bad, in fact, that I don’t know where they could even go with a movie.
There’s no way Mulder and Scully could be back in the FBI after everything that happened.
And what happened to baby William, who was given up for adoption when Carter couldn’t figure out what to do with him?
I have this crazy hope that the movie will begin with Mulder and Scully sitting on the porch of their little farmhouse outside of a sleepy little Pennsylvania town — where Mulder teaches college and Scully’s a pediatrician — telling William about the time they pretended to put him up for adoption, and how when Scully told Mulder what she had done, they were just saying that to throw off any listening devices (because Mulder was in jail, after all) and protect their son’s location. And when everything blew over, they met up with the “couple” who had “adopted” William — actually a pair of agents who were secretly helping them out — and reclaimed their son so they could all live happily ever after.
And then something nasty that Doggett and Reyes are investigating will get too big and bad for them to handle, and Mulder and Scully will reluctantly — with some coaxing from newly promoted FBI Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi!) — come out of retirement and tackle one last case.
That’s how I’d do it, anyway.
All my griping about the finale aside, I truly love The X-Files and I love Duchovny and Anderson and I’d love to see them together on the big screen again.
The first movie — The X-Files: Fight the Future — rocked, and it scared the old man sitting in front of me so badly that he kept jerking back in his seat and smashing my legs. (There were bruises on my knees the next day.)
The first article of mine I ever saw published in a magazine was my Fight the Future review in August 1998. And the single proudest moment of my life as a writer came in December 2004, when I got to interview David Duchovny.
You can read that right here.
He was easily one of the nicest, coolest and funniest people I’ve ever talked to, and even back then he told me he’d definitely be up for more adventures as Mulder.
I’ll be following this closely. This movie has been rumored for years, but this time it sounds like there might actually be some movement.