Writer/Producer Frank Spotnitz Talks His Desire to Make a Third X-FILES Movie and the Possibility of a MILLENNIUM Movie

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The X-Files writer/producer Frank Spotnitz has created the compelling eight-episode international espionage series Hunted for Cinemax, to premiere on October 26th.  The story follows Sam Hunter (Melissa George), a skilled operative for Byzantium, a secretive private firm involved in global intelligence and espionage, that may have personally been responsible for orchestrating an attempt on her life, leaving her with no idea who to trust.

While at the TCA Press Tour, Collider spoke to Frank Spotnitz for this exclusive interview.  We will run what he had to say about that series closer to its premiere, but we did want to share what his comments about whether he still wants to do a third The X-Files movie, why it would be a cultural crime not to finish the series, how it would need to happen pretty soon, and what he’s most happy about when he looks back at his work on the series and movies.  He also talked about what it might take for a Millennium movie to happen.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

the-x-files-3-sequel-movieCollider: Do you feel like you’ve closed the book now on The X-Files, or is there still another chapter to tell there?  Do you still want to do a third movie?

FRANK SPOTNITZ:  I absolutely do!  I think everybody should write to 20th Century Fox.  I’ve been saying for years now that I feel it’s a cultural crime that they have not finished the series.  The second movie did not perform the way anybody wanted it to at the box office.  I’m proud of that movie, but it makes sense to me that it didn’t.  It was released at the height of summer, and it was a story-of-the-week.  That’s not what the movie-going audience wanted.  The movie-going audience wanted the aliens.  That’s what they know The X-Files for.  And that story is not done, and it should be finished.  I don’t think it’s too late, but I think it’s gonna be, pretty soon.  I’m still agitating with everyone I can grab to say, “Let’s make this movie while we still can!”

When you look back at the time you spent making the show and the movies, what are you happiest about, and are there things you still wish you could go back and change?

david-duchovny-the-x-files-3SPOTNITZ:  Oh, yeah, always!  Unfortunately, my personality is that way.  It’s true with Hunted, too.  I’m like, “Oh, that’s good, but this wasn’t good enough.”  I just look to what I consider failures.  Other people might be like, “Oh, that was great,” but I’ll be like, “No, to me, that was not.”  I’m sure with The X-Files, there are plenty of things that I wish had been better.  But, The X-Files was the central experience of my professional life.  It was my first job in television.  It taught me everything that I’ve taken with me since, and it was a huge success.  I just feel so blessed to have something like that in my life.  How many people get to be a part of something like that?  I really made a lot of close friendships, with Chris Carter and Vince Gilligan, and I’m still friends with a lot of the actors.  I still see Gillian [Anderson] and talk to David [Duchovny].  It’s a treasure and a blessing to have something like that. 

lance-henriksen-millennium-movieLance Henriksen recently talked about his desire to make a Millennium movie.  Is that something you’d like to go back and revisit?

SPOTNITZ:  I would!  It’s a harder case to make for Millennium because Millennium was one of those shows that was a critical darling, but never found the mass audience that it deserved.  But, I get asked about that.  There are amazing fans for both series.  The Millennium guys are publishing a book this summer.  They’re really clever about trying to make this happen.  If they knocked on my door and we could do it, I would absolutely do it, but it’s a tough sell.  




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  • paul tracy

    the time has come and gone. let it go.

    ~ p

  • Dave

    I thought there was a campagin to get a third x-files made. I guess it was ineffective.

    • XFIII

      Actually, the campaign met some really great success from what I read. I think they went to Fox twice because of it.

      • nelson

        The campaign was a big waste of time. They went to Fox and both times it went basically nowhere. If another x-files movie get made (and that’s a big if) it’s more likely will be straight to video given it will be cheap to make and won’t cost a fortune to market.

  • Jhoov

    Millennium was one of my favorite shows ever. They NEED to do a movie and wrap it up.

  • LEM

    Why not just combine Millennium and X-files characters into a new movie. They had crossover in those shows right?

  • Jeff

    To bring the X-Files back, they would need an earth-shattering story to revitalize the franchise. And Millenium was a great show, but if they made a movie, it would probably bomb in the theaters, as the fan base is too small to make it worth the trouble. See Serenity. What Frank Spotnitz should do is get Chris Carter and work on a new TV series, something heady like the X-Files, (but not another X-Files), and stir clear of Fox.

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  • Northern Star

    See, this is the downside of a long-running franchise, those involved never really want it to end. Spotnitz needs to let go, ‘The X-Files’ is dead as Julius Caesar and isn’t coming back – unless it’s rebooted from scratch – they should have stuck with their original plan for the show, which was five full seasons on television and a big-screen movie to finish it off… but it became successful beyond anyone’s expectations and FOX wouldn’t let it end after five years, and so it continued on to it’s slow and lingering demise, alas…

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  • Ryan

    I think they could make another but have it be an alien picture. Stop the big invasion or something, Set it in 2012, even if it doesn’t get made for another 3 more years. The X-Files pilot is SET (not made) in 1992 so you could also have them talk about them working together for twenty years.

    FOX should go a little lower budget on this. Sell it to HBO or something. Air it on FOX. Make it straight to DVD. Who cares? Would theater be nice? Sure, but not needed. I think people would go though. Just make sure it is more like the first film. That’s what got me interested in the series. I’d seen an episode and thought it sucked, but in 2000 my library bought the widescreen edition VHS and I checked it out (I didn’t get DVD for two more years). It was so good I looked into the show

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  • amitiel

    Sure, let’s give them a 4th (I count the series conclusion) chance to disappoint us. Carter and team took one of the best sci-fi series ever and drove it into the ground by the time it bowed out in season 9. The first film was OK, but the 2nd was clearly just walking in their sleep. We’ve mourned trusting you. Let it go.

  • dhon

    a movie or not,
    you gotta admit Xfiles is the best tv series ever made in television….
    As for the movie…. I think it’s just right to make the third movie to end it, to finish it…i think as most peole would….
    The million fans from all over the world can’t let it go untill it the movie is made…until the story has ended..until a closure is given… For me, theres stil more to tell…

    • Anonymous

      yes there is lots more to tell it’s a great show there has never been nothing like it before and after why can’t they see that what will it take for them to see that!!!!!!!

  • RorshachLives!

    They had a golden opportunity to have a proper and fitting conclusion with the second film, but they went instead for a whatever-the-heck the 2008 movie was, it certainly wasn’t what the audience either expected nor particularly wanted. Had FOX given them a decent $40m budget, had Carter and Spotnitz wrote an epilogue for the entire saga by resolving the alien storyline, and had they released the film in mid-August that year and not one week after ‘The Dark Knight’, chances are it would have been better received overall…

  • Brent

    a 3rd movie would be amazing just for closure. don’t care if its a theatrical release or straight to dvd… hell even if they scrapped the 3rd movie and just made a short HBO series or something (like how the show by Steven Spielberg’s Taken was) in place of it because there is still alot that needs to be tied together. But would love to see another film at least. Just to tie it all together- even if its in a minimalistic kinda way. In my opinion of course. nice to see that there is still hope! thanks for the read.

  • krychick

    I think they could make another X-Files movie easily, just change it a little- Imagine William all grown up and happy, strange things start happening to him, in due course he finds out he’s adopted and who his parents are. Aliens/espionage ensue. Or, invasion is finally here and the aliens are looking for one man- William. It could be good, who knows? I thought about that after the series, that they should do a show about William so we could still have X-Files… I miss that show, loved it dearly, was a faithful fan from start to end- I even liked Agent Doggett.

  • krychick

    I think they could make another X-Files movie easily, just change it a little- Imagine William all grown up and happy, strange things start happening to him, in due course he finds out he\’s adopted and who his parents are. Aliens/espionage ensue. Or, invasion is finally here and the aliens are looking for one man- William. It could be good, who knows? I thought about that after the series, that they should do a show about William so we could still have X-Files… I miss that show, loved it dearly, was a faithful fan from start to end- I even liked Agent Doggett.

  • xfan

    is it possible for them to get another studio(s) to finance it?

  • Alex

    A well done X-Files movie would be great! I hope it happens. A conclusion to the 2012 plot, done right it could be a success too I’m sure.

  • Anonymous

    They should keep making X-File movies. What’s the difference between sci-fi, monster movies being made and an actual X-files movie? The brilliant producers, writers, and crew of X-files. If they are still making Mission Impossible movies, why not keep making X-File movies?? So why wrap it up?

  • Kray Zee

    They should keep making X-File movies. What\’s the difference between sci-fi, monster movies being made and an actual X-files movie? The brilliant producers, writers, and crew of X-files. If they are still making Mission Impossible movies, why not keep making X-File movies?? So why wrap it up?

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  • june desselle

    yes there is lots more to tell it\’s a great show there has never been nothing like it before and after why can\’t they see that what will it take for them to see that!!!!!!!

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