X-Files and Millennium: new movies on the way?

News Glen Chapman 3 Aug 2012 - 06:16
The X Files: He Wants to Believe

Writer and producer Frank Spotnitz has been talking about his desire to make X-Files and Millennium movies...

Collider have managed to catch up with Frank Spotnitz as he's been publicising his latest TV series, Hunted. And they asked him about a couple of fan favourite shows he's previously worked on – The X-Files and Millennium.

On whether he would like to do a third and final X-Files movie, here's what he had to say:

"I absolutely do!  I think everybody should write to 20th Century Fox. I’ve been saying for years now that I feel it’s a cultural crime that they have not finished the series. The second movie did not perform the way anybody wanted it to at the box office. I’m proud of that movie, but it makes sense to me that it didn’t."

The reason, Spotnitz said, was not only because of its timing, but also because it didn't continue the much-loved alien themes of the series and first movie. "The movie-going audience wanted the aliens," Spotnitz said. "That’s what they know The X-Files for.  And that story is not done, and it should be finished.  I don’t think it’s too late, but I think it’s gonna be, pretty soon.  I’m still agitating with everyone I can grab to say, 'Let’s make this movie while we still can!'"

On Lance Henriksen's desire to do a Millennium movie and whether he feels the same:

"I would!  It’s a harder case to make for Millennium because Millennium was one of those shows that was a critical darling, but never found the mass audience that it deserved. But, I get asked about that. There are amazing fans for both series.  The Millennium guys are publishing a book this summer. They’re really clever about trying to make this happen. If they knocked on my door and we could do it, I would absolutely do it, but it’s a tough sell."

I would imagine that the chances of either of these being made is incredibly slim particularly given the fact that The X-Files' TV run concluded in 2002, so public awareness of it isn't as high as it once was. Sure, the first movie was a decent enough hit, but that was released in 1998 when the show was still on TV.

The follow up, I Want To Believe, however, was released in 2008, six years after the shows run ended. It made a profit, but was far from a box office hit.

We can but dream...

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A third X-Files movie would be great, as long as they go back to the mytharc this time. The monster-of-the-week episodes became tiresome as the series went on, I Want to Believe failed for me, largely, because it just seemed to be unrelated to the series in anything other than name, really. Of course, the problem with that would be that we'd want more films, and are Duchovny and Anderson really going to line themselves up for a film series? It'd be nice to get a little trilogy out of it or something, but it's unrealistic.

As regards Millennium, I'd love to see a film. I always wished that The X-Files had used season 5 to really build on the mytharc and wrap itself up at the end of season 6, and that they'd then given Millennium an extra season to wrap it up properly. Of course, that's not the way it works, and the later X-Files crossover episode didn't really solve it all for us. Shame, as Millennium was arguably the better series... although I appreciate it's easy to say that, given that The X-Files had more time to make mistakes (let us never forget the woeful season 8).

As regards Millennium, I'd love to see a film. I always wished that The X-Files had used season 5 to really build on the mytharc and wrap itself up at the end of season 6, and that they'd then given Millennium an extra season to wrap it up properly. Of course, that's not the way it works, and the later X-Files crossover episode didn't really solve it all for us. Shame, as Millennium was arguably the better series... although I appreciate it's easy to say that, given that The X-Files had more time to make mistakes (let us never forget the woeful season 8).

I LOVE the X-Files. Obsessed, I'm talking lever arch files of magazine clippings, waste-of-money trading cards and pinbadges. I threw a VHS cassette at a TV screen when one of the episodes failed to record the sound, and I still watched it mute anyway (season 2, Firewalker, an okay episode, although just a rehash of Ice really). I wrote to UK UFO organisations to ask how I could be a researcher, and they sent me pictures of crop circles and a sketch of an Adamski saucer over Palomar observatory that I kept on my wall until it had yellowed.

I tell you this, not just because I like being overly descriptive and a bit self-indulgent, but so you know I am an X-phile. And I say that they should just leave the X-Files alone now. It never did well as movies, the format wasn't great for it. I loved the early mytharc, and the MOTWs, but really, the show probably should've ended a few seasons earlier, and it isn't the same world nowadays. X-files had a zeitgeist thing going on, I think it connected with people so well because of when and what it was. Anything they do now, taints what went before. It's okay for things to end.

This isn't news. Spotnitz has been saying this for years. I'd be up for more of both as long as the script was just right.

The first movie was a bridge between seasons five and six, so doesn't really count as a stand alone film. I enjoyed season eight, but it should have ended at the end of seven I suppose.

You win at X-Files.

Aside from the fact that the series should have ended after five full seasons, with a single movie to wrap it up in fine fashion (Carter's original plan for the franchise), they had a golden opportunity to give the saga a proper and fitting conclusion with '... I Want To Believe' in 2008, but instead went for something that was 'The X Files' in name only - there was NO supernatural or paranormal happenings in it at all - whereas they probably should have written an epilogue to the entire saga by resolving the alien storyline, gotten a decent $40m budget, and released it in mid-August that year rather than ONE WEEK AFTER 'The Dark Knight', but that was yesteryear, and so is the whole 'X Files' franchise... and then some.

It's funny. Last night I had a dream where they made another movie, but in it, Scully had left Mulder and was married to someone else. Please don't let that happen.

Screw that if they hadn't made season 6 I wouldn't have got an episode with Bruce Campbell in it. And I also think six was a pretty good season.

is there a petition then? DoG - post the link if their is! I'd love to see the Xfiles closed off for good.

Sarah said it perfectly for myself too....Are you reading my mind..?
But it was the best series ever ,right place right time.
I may have gone a step further than most getting EBE tattooed on my chest in japanese letters..
But hey i was addicted with the best of them..
i would love to see another film for selfish reasons, but it should have ended earlier than it did..
i still watch the skys above manchester, the truth is out there..

There were individual good episodes throughout the series' entire run, but as a whole, the latter four seasons were a steep downward trajectory, with the ongoing mythology becoming just laughably convoluted and overwrought, and the 'normal' episodes alternating between tired monster-of-the-week and unintentionally funny self-parody storylines.

Chris Carter never thought they would even get a second season, but when they did and the show became a cultural phenomenon, I remember David Duchovny stating clearly in an interview that Carter wanted to do five seasons and then a big-screen movie to finish the alien conspiracy storyline, but 20th Century Fox were making too much money from the show and wouldn't let it end after a mere five seasons, instead letting Carter do the movie between seasons, and everyone signing big pay-day-deals to keep the series going, which was the biggest mistake, in my humble opinion, to befall that show; they should have made five full seasons between 1993 and 1998, ending the show whilst still at the top of it's game, then immediately afterwards began pre-production on the movie, with a late November 1999 release, definitively ending the saga on a strong note and before it became a parody of itself, which is unfortunately and lamentably what happened to that series from Season 6 onwards, alas...

the numinous mysteries that once seemed so distant and unreal, threaten in clarity in the presence of a truth, entertained not in youth, but only in its passage

I say make a 3rd movie.., I love it... Give it a try... Cuz now it would go in the red boxes and u might make more money than the last movie... So please make a 3rd movie and do it soon don't wait....

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