X-FILES 3 (2012) - PREVIEW


X-Files 3 (TBA 2012)

Director: TBA

U.S. Opening Date: TBA 2012


The big question X-Files fans are asking right now is “will there be another X-Files movie?” and “will it wrap up the whole mythology arc?” The Sci-Fi Movie Page asked this of writer / producer / Frank Spotnitz in an exclusive interview with the X-Files honcho. The answers are “don’t know” and “would want to, yes”.

Spotnitz says that even though he is working on some very hush-hush TV projects right now, that he would welcome a third big screen X-Files movie. However 20th Century Fox hasn’t gotten back to them on that score yet. The producer is the first one to be upfront about the “disappointing” box office of this summer’s X-Files: I Want to Believe. “We opened a week after The Dark Knight and got mowed down by it,” he says. “No one knew what a huge historical event it would be.”

There is still hope for X-Philes though. The movie did “far better overseas” and they will see how well the DVD release of X-Files: I Want to Believe does. (It will be released in the States on 2 December 2008).

Spotnitz says he “welcomes” the opportunity of making another movie with Mulder and Scully. “As you know the date of December 2012 is an important one in The X-Files, and I’d like to focus on that.”

Does that mean that The X-Files 3 will be going one-on-one against Roland Emmerich’s 2012 movie? Even Michael Bay has been rumored to have a 2012: War for Souls project based on a Whitley Strieber  book in the works at one point. (Some background: the ancient Mayan calendar runs out in December 2012. Some New Agers see this as a sign of the impending apocalypse.) Not in the least, Spotnitz says. “They won’t be directly in competition as they are very different genres.” (He has clearly forgotten a scene in the previous X-Files: Fight the Future movie in which a drunken Mulder famously urinated on a faded Independence Day poster in a deserted alley.)

“We will just have to wait and see,” Spotnitz told the Sci-Fi Movie Page.


Being an X-Files fan is like being caught up in an unstable see-saw relationship. The one moment you’re in love, the next moment you’re in hate. Sure, the best relationships are like that, but still . . .

Rewatching some old season five episodes again, we here at The Sci-Fi Movie Page realized what it was that made the show so popular and influential back in the 1990s. Watching X-Files: I Want to Believe and some of the show’s later episodes (after Duchovny has left) however made us realize what it was that made us stop watching it. It simply outstayed its welcome. While we would welcome seeing Mulder and Scully finally thwarting the alien invasion plans scheduled for 2012 it’d more be a case of seeking closure than wanting to rekindle an old flame . . .


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