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David Duchovny Weighs The Possibility Of ‘The X-Files 3’

A few months back TheX-Files writer Frank Spotnitz discussed his strong desire to do a new film in the series saying,”There is a very active and relentless fan campaign for a last movie. I do feel like it would be a terrible shame if that didn’t happen. It feels wrong not to give it an ending around the alien colonisation of earth. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson feel the same.

Now Duchovny’s speaking for himself and he backs this up 100%. He told Collider, “That book doesn’t close until somebody dies, really. One of the greatnesses of the show was its open-endedness. It was about possibility. It wasn’t about closure. It just couldn’t be. There is no such thing as that story ever ending. Those characters are forever searching. That’s what they do. Even if we’re not watching them, they’re out there, in some dimension. Mulder and Scully are still doing their thing ‘cause that’s their nature…I would love to do another film, or more. I think we’re all game for it. I know I’m kind of perplexed that Fox isn’t more [enthusiastic].

I can kind of see where Fox is coming from. 2008’s I Want To Believe only grossed $20M compared to Fight The Future‘s $83M (not adjusted for inflation). But Duchovny has a reasonable answer for I Want To Believe‘s financial failure. Head inside for more.

Duchovny continued, “I think Chris [Carter] is probably working on an idea, so we’ll see. Unfortunately, with the last one, they didn’t spend the money to compete in a summer fashion, and they brought it out in the summer. It should be a summer film. It should be an action film. But, the last one we made was not. The last one we made was a dark, contemplative, small $25 million film. It was basically an independent film. When you come out against Batman, it’s not going to happen. You’re not going to be sold as an independent film, and you’re not going to compete against Batman with $25 million.



  • John Marrone

    I agree with everything he is saying. Its not that I Want To believe was a bad film. It was a very good XFiles movie – like a side episode from the TV series done in film form… It just wasn’t a continuation of the story or the alien blockbuster everyone wanted it to be. Once again, nobody listens to the fans. Sad thing is, because they dont listen to the fan base, and they only go by the numbers (and Im sure “only 20 million” comes up as the killer reason every time) there probably wont be one for quite some time – or at all.

    • EvanDickson

      Well they just can’t keep listening to the fans if the fans don’t show up or there’s not enough of them to make the movie profitable. Studios aren’t in the charity business.

      But they ARE listening to the fans. The fans didn’t show up, and the studio heard it loud and clear.

      • John Marrone

        I just think, like sports figures who thank their fans (who without they would be nothing), the studios should pay a little more attention to fan base’s strong cries for direction (especially after shows like this have all but run their course). They did their own thing with I Want to Believe, and the numbers were the result. Had it been the (semi) conclusion to the story they’d strung us out on for years, no doubt people would have gone.

  • TheWalkingFlat

    I would like to watch another X-Files movie for sure, just for the good old times…

  • TwistedCritic

    He’s got a point about it having been a small indie-ish movie released in the middle of a big blockbuster summer. That movie should’ve been released in March or something, and maybe then it would’ve gotten a little more attention. But the bigger problem is that the story they came up with was lame as hell. I remember being excited that they were ditching the convoluted alien storyline (my favorite episodes were the standalone “monster-of-the-week” ones), but what they came up with instead was just boring.

  • flesheater24

    I wouldn’t mind a 3rd but the 2nd was terrible. I think I have the first one somewhere on DVD LOL

  • scarletsimple

    I don’t know. I actually really liked the 2nd film. I thought it was dark and smart and filled with just enough fan service to make me happy. A 3rd film would be welcome, but not if it ends up something to be made fun of. Do it right, or don’t do it at all.

  • djblack1313

    i’m with Twisted Critic. i loved the “monster of the week” eps (“HOME” being one of the best eps of any show ever!) and i found the actual alien centered eps (and the 1st movie) to be (as Twisted said) VERY convoluted & not my thing.

    i also can’t stand Duchovny. he’s easily one of the worst actors ever (not hyperbole). Gillian Anderson is awesome though and i really liked Annabeth Gish’s Monica Reyes & Robert Patrick’s John Doggett.

    i kinda liked the 2nd film too (everything EXCEPT the completely unbelievable, %100 brother/sister level chemistry pairing of Scully & Mulder. they couldn’t have less sexual/romantic chemistry if they tried). it had pitch perfect creepy atmosphere, a fucked up (not in a bad way, necessarily), bizarre storyline that i found kinda interesting and great visuals/cinematography. it really DID feel like an indepentent little film though.

  • Trinity

    I really can’t wait for a third film because the second film was not really that great+
    I love The X-Files a lot.
    The best TV Show of the 90’s.
    I hope the film will be good.
    Oh man a dream come true.
    I’m so happy about this news.

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