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Chris Carter says there have been conversations about rebooting The X-Files

07.24.2014

It has been 21 years since THE X-FILES changed the landscape of genre television. The iconic serialized show paved the way for series like LOST and brought a new respect to science fiction on the small screen. Nine seasons and two films later, we are still waiting to see more of the adventures of Mulder and Scully. Unfortunately, THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE underperformed dramatically at the box office and everyone involved have moved on to other projects. So, what does that leave? That's right...reboot!

In an interview with Vulture about his new Amazon series THE AFTER, series creator Chris Carter was asked about the potential for a reboot of the acclaimed FOX series to which he admitted there have been conversations with the heads over at the network. Carter wouldn't venture to say any more, but he definitely did not shut down the prospect of a return for THE X-FILES on the small or big screen.

As a die hard fan of the series, even I have to admit it faltered in the last few seasons despite the inclusion of the great Robert Patrick to the cast. But, rather than a true reboot, why not simply have some new agents with a similar dynamic to David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson begin opening up the old FBI files and then stumble upon the secluded Mulder and Scully? Duchovny and Anderson could find time in their schedules to come back in a limited capacity and it would avoid starting the whole mythology over from scratch.

Here's hoping these conversations are taken seriously and not slapped together without respect for the original series. The truth is out there and hopefully so is a good new take on the story.

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Source: Vulture

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8:38AM on 07/25/2014
The last season was a real stinker considering how great the X-Files was. I'd welcome it back, but certainly not a long running show. Do a minseries like how Cate88 mentioned and it'll be gold, gold Jerry!
The last season was a real stinker considering how great the X-Files was. I'd welcome it back, but certainly not a long running show. Do a minseries like how Cate88 mentioned and it'll be gold, gold Jerry!
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6:33AM on 07/25/2014

Can we all please agree to just use the word "remake" and not "reboot"

By perpetuating the word "reboot" we are aligning ourselves with whatever Hollywood marketing executive made that up, and their attempt to soften or make less unsavory the truth -- it is JUST a remake. For decades, movies were "remakes" of previous movies. Let's return to sanity, please!

Case in point...the sentence above which begins "But, rather than a true reboot, why not simply..." actually goes on to describe a *TRUE REBOOT*, which is to say "restarting the same, existing machine".
By perpetuating the word "reboot" we are aligning ourselves with whatever Hollywood marketing executive made that up, and their attempt to soften or make less unsavory the truth -- it is JUST a remake. For decades, movies were "remakes" of previous movies. Let's return to sanity, please!

Case in point...the sentence above which begins "But, rather than a true reboot, why not simply..." actually goes on to describe a *TRUE REBOOT*, which is to say "restarting the same, existing machine". What they are talking about in the article is not a reboot, but a REMAKE.
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11:10AM on 07/25/2014
I think the difference is that a "remake" is someone basically taking the same story and doing it again, but more modern. Case in point, Gus van Sant's Psycho would be a remake. "Reboot" is basically saying same characters, but different stories and different takes on them. The new Star Trek's would be reboots because they are shot in a completely different style and stories such as Khan's are completely different than what they originally were.
I think the difference is that a "remake" is someone basically taking the same story and doing it again, but more modern. Case in point, Gus van Sant's Psycho would be a remake. "Reboot" is basically saying same characters, but different stories and different takes on them. The new Star Trek's would be reboots because they are shot in a completely different style and stories such as Khan's are completely different than what they originally were.
4:36AM on 07/25/2014

More of the smaller spooky detective stories!

I absolutely love The X Files.  I do feel there are some issues with continuing the mythology though.  The early mythology in the first few years was gripping, but gradually it became clear that they were not going to be able to tie up all the dangling threads and we got the last season of confusion.  The stand alone episodes, the monsters of the week with their self contained stories are where it excelled for me.  The possibility of getting more of those really excites me. The idea of a
I absolutely love The X Files.  I do feel there are some issues with continuing the mythology though.  The early mythology in the first few years was gripping, but gradually it became clear that they were not going to be able to tie up all the dangling threads and we got the last season of confusion.  The stand alone episodes, the monsters of the week with their self contained stories are where it excelled for me.  The possibility of getting more of those really excites me. The idea of a shorter mimi series could be good but for the possibility that they may try to continue the muddled mythology over 13 or so episodes and not give us any smaller stories.  Dying for the box set.  Can't wait to see those classics like the tooms and the host again.
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2:54AM on 07/25/2014
The current run of the Season 10 book, written by Carter and co, is awesome. If you're not curently reading it, I suggest doing so.
The current run of the Season 10 book, written by Carter and co, is awesome. If you're not curently reading it, I suggest doing so.
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9:01PM on 07/24/2014

Just never you mind

I'd love to see Mulder and Scully in action again, I think the twelve episode miniseries is a great idea, but not a reboot. All they have to do now is release the series on Blu-ray, then there won't be any talk about rebooting the 'The X-Files'.
I'd love to see Mulder and Scully in action again, I think the twelve episode miniseries is a great idea, but not a reboot. All they have to do now is release the series on Blu-ray, then there won't be any talk about rebooting the 'The X-Files'.
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7:51PM on 07/24/2014
I agree wholeheartedly with Cate88. If not a third film, then they should just do a twelve episode miniseries. It worked wonders for 24; it would probably do the same for the X-Files as well.

Us fans deserve at least one more go around with Mulder and Scully.
I agree wholeheartedly with Cate88. If not a third film, then they should just do a twelve episode miniseries. It worked wonders for 24; it would probably do the same for the X-Files as well.

Us fans deserve at least one more go around with Mulder and Scully.
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7:46PM on 07/24/2014
Like many people, I loved the X Files in the 90s, but I've recently watched the reruns on Chiller TV, and they just don't stand the test of time. I would actually like some type of horror anthology show to come out. Twilight Zone, X Files, Tales from the Crypt were all huge hits, the latter two just didnt stick to their formula and fizzled out. Hell, even Are You Afraid of the Dark was classic
Like many people, I loved the X Files in the 90s, but I've recently watched the reruns on Chiller TV, and they just don't stand the test of time. I would actually like some type of horror anthology show to come out. Twilight Zone, X Files, Tales from the Crypt were all huge hits, the latter two just didnt stick to their formula and fizzled out. Hell, even Are You Afraid of the Dark was classic
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6:28PM on 07/24/2014

Mini-Series

All that is needed is a 12 part mini-series like 24 Live Another Day to tie it up. Bring back Vince Gilligan to write it......boom.
All that is needed is a 12 part mini-series like 24 Live Another Day to tie it up. Bring back Vince Gilligan to write it......boom.
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5:59PM on 07/24/2014
I wouldn't necessarily want someone other than Duchovny and Anderson in the X-Files, but if Chris Carter was involved and took his time with casting, I would still be excited. He would just need to find 2 actors that have chemistry in the same vein as the original duo. Mulder and Scully are like peanut butter and jelly, they are just perfect together.
I wouldn't necessarily want someone other than Duchovny and Anderson in the X-Files, but if Chris Carter was involved and took his time with casting, I would still be excited. He would just need to find 2 actors that have chemistry in the same vein as the original duo. Mulder and Scully are like peanut butter and jelly, they are just perfect together.
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