It has been 13 years since the final episode of “The X-Files” aired on Fox, but David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully will return to the small screen early next year for a limited run. And while they’re only shooting six episodes, series creator Chris Carter said that filming the miniseries is still an arduous task.
“When you shoot six, you think it is going to be a piece of cake. That isn’t the case,” Carter told The Independent. “It will take eight months of our lives, so it is an enormous undertaking, even though it seems like only a slice of what we had previously done.”
But why did he put himself back on the grind again?
“The central reason is the esprit de corps. That is the reason to come back and do it again,” the 57-year-old screenwriter told the U.K. publication. “When you have a group of people working together, who all contribute to make it better, that is something. If you have never experienced it, that is somewhat miraculous. It is stepping into new shoes. That is not to say that the new shoes fit on arrival.”
Fans last saw Mulder and Scully in the 2008 feature film “The X-Files: I Want To Believe” which Carter directed. And while the film didn’t sit well with the critics, not to mention its disappointing box-office receipts, Carter believes that the revival can once again capture the interests of viewers. And if the limited run will be well received by fans, it’s likely that there will be further installments.