Fox looking to re-start “The X-Files”

xfilesBy Craig Martin

Following the success of Fox’s recent “24” mini-series event, the network is looking to bring back another iconic drama series for another shot at the limelight, “The X-Files.” Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman confirmed in a recent interview, rumors that the network is in talks for a new installment of Chris Carter’s cult supernatural drama, which starred David Duchovny as conspiracy theorist and FBI agent Gillian Anderson as fellow agent and skeptic, Dana Scully. Newman also added that he was “hopeful” about the outcome.

Later, fellow Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden said that there had indeed been conversations about the show’s resurrection. However, thus far these talks have been only logistical. They are currently looking at windows when the key “X-Files” contributors, creator Carter and stars Duchovny and Anderson, are available. Walden also confirmed that a potential “X-Files” follow-up would only happen if they could get the original leading duo of Duchovny and Anderson to reprise their roles. There have been no creative discussions yet about what that new series might be.

Chris Carter hinted at this possible reboot back in the summer of 2014, acknowledging he had conversations with both Fox and 20th Century Fox TV. The series has  already spawned a movie franchise and there also has been a fan campaign to extend the franchise with another movie.

As for “24,” there is nothing new to report, except the fact that Newman noted during his speech that he and fellow Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden are in continuous conversations with the creatives behind the “24” franchise. “We’d love nothing more than to do another ‘24,’” Newman said. Walden disclosed that Fox is currently considering a new “24” installment that may not feature the franchise’s signature Jack Bauer character.

That could be bringing about this recent reboot extravaganza is the fact that “The X-Files,” “24” and “Prison Break,” all former Fox television programs, have been huge hits on Netflix. Based on the traffic these shows are getting, the company sees it as financially acceptable to bring them back in at least a limited capacity, as they did with “24.”

At the current time, it is unknown as to the dates of a potential revival of “The X-Files,” but the way that the higher ups are talking, things might be happening sooner rather than later.

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