Back in January, we reported that Fox is planning a revival of The X-Files with original series creator Chris Carter. Today, TV Wise is reporting that the network is close to issuing a two-season order for the revival series, with original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson set to return. Nothing is set in stone yet, since talks are still ongoing, but the site's source says each season will be less than 10 episodes.
The report reveals the "short stack" order was decided on for two reasons, the first being story requirements set forth by series creator Chris Carter and the second being scheduling. It is believed that it would be easier to secure David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, both of whom are still very much in demand, with a shorter order. David Duchovny's new NBC show Aquarius is an off-cycle summer series, and production won't begin on Season 3 of Gillian Anderson's series The Fall until late this year. The producers hope to start production on a new season of The X-Files sometime this summer. The original series ran for nine seasons between 1993 and 2002, and spawned two movies, 1998's The X-Files and 2008's The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
Chris Carter will be back to write the scripts and serve as an executive producer, but it isn't known if executive producer Frank Spotnitz will be coming back, because he is still attached to produce the third season of Crossing Lines. It isn't known if co-stars such as Mitch Pileggi and other members of the writing staff on the original show will be back, but the hope is that every deal is secured in the next couple of weeks. What do you think about a new season of The X-Files? Chime in with your thoughts below.