X-Files is owned by 20th Century Fox and despite fans begging for a third film there seems to be another way in which they will get more of Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) - reboot! The first film pulled in $190 million and the lackluster sequel only did $68 million. So, you can understand why Fox is reluctant to greenlight a third film. But X-Files is an asset and at some point Fox has to think about cashing in on the property once again. Could it be time to reboot the television series? Chris Carter, the show's creator talked to Vulture about it.
Vulture: The heads of 20th Century Fox TV, which produced The X-Files, are now also in charge of the Fox network. Does this make it more or less likely there’ll be some sort of reboot or sequel to the show? Things were tense between you and the suits at the studio for a while; you filed a big lawsuit against them.
Chris Carter: A lot of the people that were involved in that [lawsuit] have moved on. It’s the business. I’m very friendly with Gary and Dana. Dana and I basically cut our teeth at the same time. She was a publicist. It’s nice to go through your career with someone you have respect for and were in the trenches with. Dana and I sat in the same room during the first market testing of The X-Files. She was like a junior publicist, and I was this unproven producer. She was there at the beginning. So I owe her a lot. And certainly she and I have talked a lot about this.
Vulture: Is that a way of saying a reboot is happening?
Chris Carter: That’s just a way of saying there certainly have been conversations.
Vulture: So why hasn’t it happened?
Chris Carter: I would assume nothing. Hold on a second. [Looks at phone.] This is funny — I just got a text message from David Duchovny. You can put that in! We are not only friends, but neighbors. There’s something to do with a remote control that I have. [Laughs.]