In the decade between the two X-Files films, what have the key movers and shakers in front and behind the camera been up to? We decided to find out…
DAVID DUCHOVNYSpecial Agent Mulder has been one of the busiest of the X-Files crew over the last decade. His stint on the TV show ultimately drew to a close when it ended in 2002, and since then he’s taken a series of roles in a variety of lower profile movies. Connie and Carla, Full Frontal, Trust The Man and Things We Lost In The Fire all came after The X-Files, and he also snuck in Evolution and Zoolander since the last film. He’s also squeezed in some voice work on video games, including the underrated XIII.
His biggest success since, though, has proven to be Californication, which has been renewed for a second season. Its mix of comedy and drama is a good mix for Duchovny’s talents, and we suspect there’s some future yet for his portrayal of Frank Moody.
GILLIAN ANDERSONImmediately after Fight The Future, Gillian Anderson did an episode of work on Frasier, took a role in the movie House Of Mirth, and generally adopted a far lower profile. In recent years, her output has been proficient, however, and her involvement in the BBC TV adaptation of Bleak House was a raging success. She’s also appeared in A Cock And Bull Story with Steve Coogan, The Last King Of Scotland and is coming up next in How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, which is due in the Autumn. With at least three further projects in the works, Anderson appears at her busiest at any time since The X-Files TV show ended.
JOHN NEVILLEThe Well-Manicured Man himself, John Neville’s taken on a handful of roles since the end of the Files. He popped up in cheap horror flick Urban Legend, for instance, and landed another TV gig in the late 90s with Amazon. He’s kept himself busy until fairly recently, however, having turned in an episode of the US remake of Queer As Folk, and he turned up too in the engaging British thriller Separate Lies a few years back.
WILLIAM B DAVISJust how many cigarettes did this man chew through across his X-Files career? As Cigarette Smoking Man, it was kind of in the job description, and since The X-Files left TV screens, he’s been extremely prolific. He’s turned up in an assortment of further TV projects, including Smallville, Supernatural, Stargate SG-1, Robsons Arms and Kingdom Hospital (and even more recently in Fear Itself), and he’s also done an assortment of lower profile and TV movies. He did some voice work too on the video game of The Thing.MITCH PILEGGIAnother extremely busy man post-The-X-Files, Mitch Pileggi is just as well known now for playing Colonel Steven Caldwell in Stargate: Atlantis as he is for being Walter Skinner. It’s not the only TV gig he’s landed since, either, landing the role of Richard Clayton in a Tarzan TV series, and working too on projects such as The Mountain, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Nip/Tuck, Day Break, Boston Legal and Grey’s Anatomy. And also, let’s not forget either that he was the voice of Commissioner Gordon in the animated series, The Batman.
CHRIS CARTERAfter the last X-Files film, Chris Carter developed the short-lived spin-off The Lone Gunmen, concluded his other TV show Millennium, and then spent much of the time since in a legal battle over the future of his most famous creation. It’s no secret that legal shenanigans have been behind the delay in a second X-Files film, and now that that’s in the can (and he’s directed it, too, unlike the first one), he’s already at work on his next feature, Fencewalker, that he also wrote.
FRANK SPOTNITZAfter working across the bulk of the TV show, and writing many episodes, Frank Spotnitz has kept himself reasonably busy post-X-Files. He worked on the TV show Robbery Homicide Division, executive-produced Night Stalker, and worked on a pilot TV show called A.M.P.E.D., about humans battling genetically mutated monsters, that didn’t get picked up. He’s next set to work on action-thriller The Star Chamber.
ROB BOWMANBowman had directed many episodes of the TV show when he got the gig to helm the Fight The Future movie. Since then, he’s also directed a pair of high-profile feature films, namely the underrated Christian Bale-starring Reign Of Fire, and the quite terrible Elektra. His TV work since has included some work on The Lone Gunmen spin-off, and executive producing time-looping TV drama Day Break.
MARK SNOWThe man who gave the world one of modern television’s most iconic theme tunes has stayed with the small screen, working on the likes of Smallville, Ghost Whisperer, Haunted and Pasadena. He also did the music to the videogame Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain, before returning to composing duties for I Want To Believe.
The X-Files: I Want To Believe hits UK cinemas on 1st August 2008.