It's been four years since The X-Files: I Want To Believe arrived to a muted response from fans and critics alike, but star David Duchovny hasn't given up on the venerable sci-fi franchise, and has even been discussing the possibility of a third feature film.
"That book doesn’t close until somebody dies, really," said Duchovny of the possibility of a return. "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 because that’s their nature."
"I would love to do another film, or more," he continues. "I think we’re all game for it. I know I’m kind of perplexed that Fox isn’t more [ enthusiastic ]. Here’s a homegrown property that you don’t have to go buy, like fucking Green Lantern or something, to make it. Here you’ve got an actual action franchise that’s your own. It’s weird to me, but I’m not an executive."
Perhaps part of the reason might be the way the last film flopped, although Duchovny argues that that was because the studio didn't supply the project with adequate funds to do itself justice.
"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," he continues. "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."
Indeed you aren't, but with the Batman now out of the way, perhaps it's time for Mulder and Scully to make a comeback. Perhaps…