3 (TBA 2012)
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
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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