A few short years ago, the rumors that Fox might be rebooting the The X-Files might have been dismissed as fanboy wishes. Sure, what’s next,Firefly? But we’re living in a post-Arrested Development/24/Veronica Mars/Twin Peaks reboot world and, if Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Chris Carter, and Fox are all game, then I want to believe.
Over the weekend, Fox confirmed that they were in the logistical phase of rebooting the series. That is to say, they were checking to make sure they could get all the original players back and available at the same time because, Fox promised, they’re not doing The X-Files without Mulder and Scully.
But the big push to revive The X-Files didn’t come from Fox or even from the show’s creator, Chris Carter. It came from Scully herself, Gillian Anderson. Earlier this month on The Nerdist podcast, Anderson said she would be “f—ing overjoyed” to make more episodes of the show that jumpstarted her career. (Despite the fact that she’s currently starring in The Fall.) Anderson and hosts Chris Hardwick and Matt Mira encouraged listeners to tweet the hashtag #XFiles2015 and the response was overwhelming.
We’ve reached an interesting age of crowdsourcing decision-making when a hashtag can bring 20-year-old TV series back from the dead. Then again, it’s not the first time the Internet has wielded such power. Many suspect that “leaked” test footage from a proposed Deadpool movie that circulated last year was actually a ploy on behalf of the film’s creators to generate the Internet buzz necessary to bring the project back to life. They succeeded, due in large part to overwhelming positive online support, and the film, starring Ryan Reynolds, will debut in 2016.
So with a groundswell of internet support, and Anderson and Duchovny both on board, the only X-Files stumbling block left is Chris Carter. Though Fox confirms that Carter has expressed interest, they also said he“has a lot going on” and that they “would not move forward without Chris.”
But it’s hard to imagine Carter, whose recent Amazon series, The After, failed to get off the ground, would hold out in the face of such overwhelming enthusiasm from fans and cast members. Duchovny told USA Today he’s “happy” and “excited” by the prospect of a series reboot and hinted at what we might expect, structure-wise.
I’m assuming that it will happen sooner rather than later now. We’ll see what form, how many (episodes). Certainly I can’t nor would I be interested in doing a full season. It will be in some kind of limited form. We’re all old, we don’t have the energy for a full season.
Whether or not it’s wise to re-visit The X-Files, even for a limited run, remains to be seen. The show has an undeniable cultural impact, having launched the career of Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan and influenced prolific show runners like Joss Whedon and Russell T. Davies. But, then again, The X-Files movies haven’t exactly added to the show’s legacy and some highly-anticipated reboots have been more successful than others. (We’re sadly looking at you, Arrested Development.) What do you think, will an X-Files reboot be worth it? Like I said up top, I want to believe.