X-Files: The franchise that will not die

A few years ago I had one of those wacky ideas of mine to undertake something requiring a serious amount of time with my ass glued to the couch…re-watching the entire series of the X-Files. For those of you who were not born or were living under a rock in the 1990s, the X-Files was a sci-fi drama starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny as two FBI special agents tasked with investigating unsolved cases of the paranormal variety. The show ran on Fox from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002. That’s 9 seasons, 202 episodes, 2 movies and approximately 9308 minutes, 155 hours, or 6.5 days of my life…I’m in year three of this intense marathon and I think I’m currently in season 4, in otherwords, I’ve got a long road ahead of me, but I WANT TO BELIEVE that I can finish this.

To make matters worse for my social life, Gillian Anderson has now hinted that a third X-Files movie might be in the works. At the Toronto Fan Expo on Sunday, Anderson was asked about the possibility and stated, “”I met with [series creator Chris Carter] before coming here and it’s looking pretty good.” Duchovny has also expressed positively toward the idea of another film.

This all comes just a few weeks after rumors flooded the internet that the two stars were finally a real life couple…but according to Duchovny’s rep, they are not an item.

The expressed interest by the two stars as well as creator Chris Carter’s continued ethusism is promising, but the real hurdle is getting the network on board to fund this film after the total FLOP that was X-Files: I want to Believe, which was released in 2008.

There have been mixed reactions within the X-Files fan community, some are thrilled and others know when to say quit. What are your thoughts? Excited about the idea of an additional film or disappointed?

Maureen Elsberry

Adventure seeker, outdoors junkie, UFO journalist, space geek. Co-host of the webseries Spacing Out! and Uncovering Aliens on The Science Channel and Animal Planet.

6 thoughts on “X-Files: The franchise that will not die

  • August 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm
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    What? This is a disgrace, haven’t they seen what happens when they stretch these things too far! I am a big X-Files fan but enough is enough. I wasn’t impressed with the second film.

  • August 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm
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    You bet I’m excited. They absolutely need to redeem themselves from that horrible flop of a movie in 2008.

  • August 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm
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    I’m on the fence, love the franchise but I have learned that sometimes you don’t mess with a good thing. A.K.A the disaster that was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull…I guess we will see, I will update if I hear anything further about the proposed film.

  • September 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm
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    I LOVE the X-Files and would support a 3 movie now that I’ve finally gotten over the 2nd “movie”: just awful, fell asleep every time I tried to watch it. Took me about 3 days to watch it. The series was great though. C’mon Crystal Skull wasn’t all that bad, uh, opening and end scene were pretty nifty, right?

  • May 1, 2013 at 10:17 am
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    I like the X-Files. More now then when it was on television. If they do a 3rd movie, I hope they do more about UFO. In the series, there was suppose to an alien invasion in 2012. It would be interesting to see how they fit this in.

  • February 13, 2014 at 5:08 pm
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    No joke, I am re-watch in the X – files as well, and I am currently on Season 3! Thank god for Netflix, I looked for so long to find all 9 seasons on the Internet. I would be beyond thrilled for a 3rd movie. I think it would be a no brainer for them to make it ET based. And in reference to the earlier comment, they did mention an alien invasion in 2012 in the series and it would be interesting to see how they fit that in. Also so much has happened since the first x-files movie within the ET community, and Chris Carter always seems to be on the tip of the ice Berg with the latest in what’s going on, it shows in the episodes! . I’m sure he has tons of incredible ideas for a 3rd movie. Not to mention I think that with people watching it more now that Netflix is around, and the amount of people waking up just within the last 5 years, and how roughly 1 and 4 major blockbuster movies now have some ET involved plot…. The chances are good for a 3rd movie.

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