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I Want To Believe There Will Be A Third ‘X-Files’ Movie

I absolutely hated Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Files: I Want to Believe, their 2008 sequel to the well-aged 1998 film adaptation of “The X-Files” television series.

I Want to Believe was putrid (read my review), and I’d like to think it was because it was a self-contained story.

It’s no secret that creator Chris Carter, and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson want to revisit the franchise for a third entry, and hope to dumpster dive back into the mythology that made the franchise so special. Personally, I want this, and I want it badly. Mulder and Scully don’t deserve to go out the way they did in that half-assed, rushed mess of a movie. And frankly, I feel like there are a ton of stories that can still be told. So do they.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who starred in the classic Fox sci-fi TV series and the two movies as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, told the New York Comic-Con crowd that they’d be part of a third X-Files movie if it were to ever come into fruition, TheWrap reports.

All the principals are on board,” including “X-Files” creator Chris Carter, Duchovny said during a panel discussion at a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the series’ premiere at the The Paley Center for Media in New York Saturday.

Gillian and I want to do it, so it’s really up to Twentieth Century Fox at this point.

Anderson told fans that if they want another film they should let their voices be heard.

If it takes fan encouragement to get Fox interested in that, then I guess that’s what it would be,” she said.

Fox declined comment Sunday to The Wrap, but a third X Files movie is probably a long shot.

The original X Files made $189 million worldwide in 1998 and the 2008 follow-up The X-Files: I Want to Believe brought in $68 million at the global box office.



  • Danny-E

    I guess I’m the only one on the planet that liked “I Want To Believe.” I actually thought it was better than the first flick. Although I did think they lost an opportunity to revisit some of their best known characters. Tooms, Pusher and how bad ass would have a Peacock family movie been?

    • djblack1313

      Danny-E, HELL YES!! i would have loved a movie focusing on the Peacock family or Tooms or any one of the many awesome characters/creatures that made the stand alone/monster of the week eps so great!

  • djblack1313

    Danny-E, i enjoyed I WANT TO BELIEVE as well. it had excellent atmosphere and a wonderfully disturbing plot with the body parts deal. it wasn’t amazing but it was pretty decent. the only parts of the movie i HATED were (for militant fanboy/shippers only) the Scully/Moulder coupling scenes. they had ZERO romantic chemistry.

    i really don’t like the first movie at all. in fact most of the eps that contained the aliens became so convoluted and confusing.

    • Danny-E

      I totally agree. The Peacock Family X-Files movie would have been fucking crazy. Maybe in an alternate universe.

  • Samhain2010

    I also enjoyed “I Want to Believe” much more than “Fight the Future.” Was it a perfect movie? Absolutely not! But it was a serviceable mid-budget film. Stand-alone episodes were the best part of the series after the first two seasons. Once they ha established that their was actual evidence for aliens, all the mulder scully back and forth of believing and not believing was ridiculous. Tooms would have been an interesting character to revisit, but my dream was always for a fluke-man movie! Easily my favorite episode.

  • c-s-a78

    arrrr….i read this wrong.i saw the title and could not wait to read about the new movie.i thought it said it was,im the biggest x-files fan in oz.the second movie was a bit strange in my opinion.the first was action packed.a third would be good.maybe get Steven Spielberg on board with Chris carter.that would be interesting.i did like the Steven kings episode(chinga and kill switch by William Gibson).I still reckon they could reimage the show.make out William(there son)is grown and now working on the x-files.searching for his mum and dad.or something like get the pichure.anyway,x-files3…im in front row,on opening nite!!!

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