Well well well well welly welly well. It seems like the collective unconscious has paid off again; after getting a bit of a resurgence recently thanks to things like Kumail Nanjiani‘s The X-Files Files podcast and Gillian Anderson appearing on the Nerdist Podcast and creating the #XFiles2015 hashtag with Chris Hardwick, there was a real upsurge of interest again for Fox’s seminal ’90s sci-fi/horror/conspiracy program The X-Files. New fans have discovered the series on DVD and Netflix and the community around the show has just kept on after all these years.
All three key members of a possible return–creator Chris Carter and stars Anderson and David Duchovny–had spoken about it separately and keeping the fires of hope alive in the far-reaches of the galaxy, and today that hope has paid off.
Fox announced today that all three of the aforementioned important peoples are coming back for a limited, six-episode stint which will see Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigate the paranormal once again. The series, as you probably know already, ran for nine seasons and had two feature films, one in between Seasons 5 and 6 and the other in 2008, well after the series ended. What we don’t know yet is what those six episodes will be about, because they haven’t even started filming them yet! Production is due to start this summer and no airdate has been set.
In a statement Carter said he thinks of it as “a 13-year commercial break” and “the good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.” Which is pretty darn true if you ask me.
Six episodes might seem paltry for the most rabid of fans out there, but it’s also going to tantalizingly leave us wanting more. I can only hope we get a good mixture of alien conspiracy and monster-of-the-week, which were the staple of the series and the episodes most people remember the fondest. Will former series writers like Darin Morgan and Vince Gilligan come back for an episode? Or for that matter, will Mitch Pileggi come back as Walter Skinner? These are the real mysteries, folks! We can only sit and play with our xenon flashlights, put on our designer FBI suits and wander around in the dark waiting until more news is released.
Are you excited for The X-Files to be back? You should be! Let’s share our giddiness in the comments below.