Despite the fact that David Duchovny bailed on The X-Files in the middle of its eighth season, and that the two spin-off films (1998’s The X-Files: Fight the Future and 2008’s X-Files: I Want to Believe) weren’t really very good and didn’t live up to the best of the series, the actor is now actively pushing fans to demand a third film in The X-Files franchise. So if the sequel-every-10-years pattern holds, perhaps we can look forward to The X-Files: Remember When This Was The Coolest Thing Ever, Like, 25 Years Ago? sometime in 2018.
/Film notes that the actor was recently a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he announced that he would like to return to his most famous role, FBI agent Fox Mulder, again and again, and that fans should begin a write-in campaign to 20th Century Fox to demand a third film:
We always want to [return to the franchise]. Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson and I, we’re always on board. You want to write Fox and get ‘em going. You could wheel me [out]. I’ll play Fox Mulder forever.
As for what the plot of the film would be (Fight the Future continued the series’ ‘mythology’ plot concerning alien colonization of Earth, while I Want to Believe was a standalone ‘monster of the week’ tale that didn’t connect to the show’s overall narrative), producer Frank Spotonitz is on record as stating that he and series creator Chris Carter have discussed the plot, and it would concern “the climax” of the series’ alien colonization arc that formed its narrative backbone.
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