News of an Untitled X Files Reboot happening came at just the right time. Star David Duchovny is on a press tour for his upcoming NBC summer series Aquarius, but a lot of attention has been focused instead on his return as Agent Mulder. Last week, he was able to reveal that the show will be a mix of old mythology and 'monster of the week.' Then earlier this week, he let it slip that both William B. Davis (Cigarette Smoking Man) and Mitch Pileggi (FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner) are returning. Now, he teases that the revival show, which is set as a 6-episode limited series, may continue on in the future, adding more episodes. He explains:
"Six to me sounds very doable at any walk of my life. It's not a great hardship in terms of time. I would hope it will be successful, I would hope we could continue, but right now, I'm just looking at it, as these six, and then we'll see what happens."
He admits that the series' return would have never happened if they had to do a full 22 episode season. He goes onto talk about how the television landscape is changing, and how limited runs are better for television. Talking with Variety, he goes onto say:
"I would never have gone and done another 22 episodes of X Files, but we're going to do six, well, that's like doing a movie. That's like continuing the show in a way that we all can do at this point in our lives so that's it all came about. Television started to change in that now there are limited runs. I think it's the way the networks have to survive in the future. I think you can attract the talent you want by having a shorter season and you can tell more interesting stories."
David Duchovny claims that he always new Agents Mulder and Scully would be back. He just didn't know when or how:
"We always wanted to keep it going. We always envisioned a movie franchise when we stopped the TV show, and we did two - the second one did well, but I guess not well enough to do a third, and we were all kind of disappointed that didn't happen that way. I feel that X Files never really went away. It was always like people kept on talking about it. I feel like so many shows have come out of X Files. So much of not only TV, but film, has taken a turn into science fiction and superheroes. 'Twilight,' to me, comes out of X Files. So I figured, why not us?"
The television landscape certainly has changed since X Files first aired on Fox over 20 years ago. But the returning gang are not set to take things to the extreme. About just how much violence and gore fans can expect, David Duchovny likens it to co-star Gillian Anderson's other current series Hannibal:
"I'm not a violence fan, and I don't look at it so much so I don't think about it. I've seen some images from 'Hannibal,' I think that's well within what we need. I can't imagine us wanting to get any weirder and darker than that, so I feel like we're fine."
"I'm not even sure they're signed up yet. I guess I spoke out of turn. But I assume they will. I assume we'll have as many people as we can. The show is the show."