It’s been 25 years since X-Files first went on the air and it seems even long that it’s been off, even though the series finale is celebrating just it’s tenth anniversary this year. The franchise spawned two films, the most recent of which came out in 2008 titled X-Files: I Want To Believe but series creator Chris Carter isn;t ready to let the series fade away from fans.
In a recent interview with Empire, Carter said that while you shouldn’t be ready to circle any dates yet, a third X-Files film may be happening soon and it’s fate lies int he hands of executives at 20th Century Fox.
“It’s really up to Twentieth Century Fox, whether they have the will to do it. I think all of us are interested in putting the band back together. I have an idea for a third movie in my head. The colonisation date has passed [in the series, the date for the alien invasion was December 22, 2012 - Ed.] and that is something we wouldn’t ignore. For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology.”
Furthermore, Carter talked about how badly he wanted Simon Pegg to be in X-Files: I Want to Believe but couldn’t get him in the cast. After hearing star Gillian Anderson talk up how much fun it was to work with Pegg, Carter said he’s actively trying to secure something for a possible third X-Files film.
“Gillian [Anderson] worked with Simon Pegg on a movie and told me that he was a big fan. We actually thought about putting him in the second movie, but there was no part for him. I certainly would think about him if we were to go forward in any way.”
A third X-Files film would be exactly what fans are looking for, especially with all the 25th anniversary hubbub making everyone nostalgic about the series. Anderson and co-star David Duchovny both showed up at the Comic-Con panel this year and both seem to be on board for a third film.
The ball is in 20th Century’s court but adding X-Files to an already loaded 2015 movie season could be something that the studio wants to get rolling.