David Duchovny talks about the possibility of a third X-Files film

Following up on producer Frank Spotnitz's recent comments, Duchovny shares his views on the potential project.

X-Files: I Want To Believe

We recently reported on X-Files producer Frank Spotnitz sharing his views on a potential third X-Files film, and now Collider have managed to discuss the matter with David Duchovny. Duchovny was promoting his latest film, Goats, which sees the actor sporting a rather smashing beard.

Here’s what Mulder himself had to say about the prospect of a third X-Files film: “Do you know something I don’t know? Am I dying? No. That book doesn’t close until somebody dies, really. 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.”

He added, “I would love to do another film, or more. 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 fuckin’ 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. I don’t know if they made the Green Lantern either [Fox didn’t, Warner Bros did], but I’m just using that as an example of, ‘Why make that film? Why not make a homegrown franchise that is excellent, and that has proven to be excellent and interesting?’ I don’t get it, but that’s not my business.”

“I think Chris Carter is probably working on an idea, so we’ll see. 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. 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”.

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I still remain unconvinced that a third film is a viable option at this point. If they’re really intent on revisiting the characters, a new TV series could be the better way to go – perhaps even a few made-for-TV specials to see if a sizeable audience could still be captured.

Is there still an appetite for X-Files after all these years? The truth is out there…


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