In this week’s installment we look at X-Files 3 . . .
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: A third big screen X-Files movie that wraps up the show’s “mythology” involving an alien invasion in 2012 abetted by a shadowy organization of conspirators satisfactorily.
SOURCE: The Fox science fiction television series of the same name that ran for nine seasons from 1993 to 2002 in which two FBI agents investigate paranormal events and alien sightings.
WHO’S INVOLVED? Everybody from stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny to show creator Chris Carter and executive producer Frank Spotnitz.
LAST WE HEARD: At the time of writing it’s in “discussions” according to Chris Carter.
In September of 2011 Gillian Anderson told an interviewer that she hopes “a new X-Files 2012 movie will be out next year.”
But there has been no official word from Fox alas.
THE PROBLEM: $68 million. That’s what the 2008 standalone X-Files: I Want to Believe movie made worldwide in comparison with the $189 million the first X-Files big screen movie made ten years before in 1998.
“We opened a week after The Dark Knight and got mowed down by it,” Frank Spotnitz told SciFiMoviePage.com. “No one knew what a huge historical event it would be.”
That and the movie sucked, of course.
WHY IT’D BE GREAT: Many fans fell out of love with The X-Files as it dragged on interminably and failed to wrap up its complex mythology. Things weren’t helped by the departure of star David Duchovny either.
Deep down those fans are looking for some sense of closure and a final X-Files movie will be just note perfect.
Besides, Gillian Anderson (now 42) is still the most beautiful woman on the entire planet . . .
CHANCES OF GETTING MADE: Another X-Files movie is not completely impossible given Hollywood’s predication for making movies out of popular TV shows.
However, the fan expectation is for the movie to wrap up its 2012 story arc and, let’s be honest, here: the ship has left the harbor on this one. There is only about eight or so months left before December 2012, which is probably not enough time to rush an X-Files movie into production.
Our prediction? Expect an X-Files “remake” ten years from now with different actors as Hollywood tries to cash in on 1990s nostalgia . . .
NEXT WEEK: The Silver Surfer movie that never was.