Even with a six-episode limited series set to premiere in less than two weeks, The X-Files creator Chris Carter always seems to have more supernatural adventures for Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) up his sleeve.
Speaking at the TCAs, Carter revealed he wrote a third X-Files movie basically on spec before Fox went ahead and greenlit the limited series. THR reports:
“I actually wrote a third movie, just because I was interested in the idea of where that might go,” said Carter, who then thought of repurposing the script for the series. “I let my wife read the third movie, and she said ‘I think not for television.'”
When asked if he might pursue the third movie once this limited season wraps, Carter replied that he was more interested in working in television. “I’m waiting for Fox to come back and ask for more,” said Carter. “Then we’ll talk about it.” However, the Fox execs (perhaps sensing that early reviews have been less-than-positive) deflected by pointing out how hard it is to nail down the lead actors.
“The biggest impediment to going forward with The X-Files was the schedules of David and Gillian,” said Fox boss Gary Newman. “Even the other night at the premiere, we were all laughing and joking about doing this again.”
It’s a bit of a shame that Carter can’t leave The X-Files well enough alone (although that’s also a product of our culture’s vice-like grip of anything that was marginally successful; wait until the 2030s and Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse will be adding on to Lost). While I want X-Files to go out on a high note, it feels like that ship sailed after season five. Too much convoluted mythology has choked up the series and worn away at its better aspects. While I hoped that the limited series might serve as new life for The X-Files, it sounds like as was the case with the series finale and the 2008 movie The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Carter doesn’t know how to handle his story anymore.