David Duchovny has indicated that an The X-Files sequel is one step closer to becoming a reality, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film has been subject of speculation for the past few years. "I'm supposed to see a script next week," Duchovny said, adding that creator Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz wrote the screenplay and that Carter is set to direct.

Duchovny also reiterated past remarks that he and The X Files co-star Gillian Anderson "are on board" the follow-up to the 1998 film and the series that ran on Fox from 1993-2002.

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It's to be a one-off script, according to Premium HOllywood. There are no intentions to continue the franchise as an ongoing series of sequels, and - all things being equal - the plan is for filming to begin later this year, with a release date for sometime in 2008.

The film reportedly was delayed in part because of a now-settled lawsuit filed by Carter in late 2005 against 20th Century Fox Television alleging breach of contract, contractual interference and other claims over payments allegedly owed to him from the series.

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