After years of rumors and speculation, Fox is finally bringing back its beloved sci-fi series The X-Files with a new six-episode season debuting in early 2016. Original series stars David Duchovny (Fox Mulder), Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully), Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (Cigarette Smoking Man) have already been confirmed to return, with series creator Chris Carter coming back to write and executive produce. Back in April, we reported that the Untitled X-Files Revival could continue on past the initial six-episode run, and during a new interview, David Duchovny revealed he would also be open to returning for more, provided it isn't a full 20-episode season.
"I would be open to doing another cycle. I don't know that I could do a 20-episode version of this show at this point in my life, and I don't know that Gillian could. But I think everybody is open ended on what happens after this. Certainly, we didn't bring it back with the idea of ending it."
David Duchovny also revealed that he just received the first script for the new show this morning, and while he wouldn't divulge any specific details, he said that the script brought him to tears.
"I got the first script this morning. I just read it about an hour ago and I started crying reading the first page. It was just so strange to see the names on the page. It had nothing to do with the script itself. It was just like, I'd been talking about this for a long time. We'd been planning it for a long time. It took a long time to get all the people in the same place and get the deal with Fox. So let's say two years we've been talking about doing it. Now it's the fun part. Now we actually get to do it. That was nice and strangely emotional for me, and I'll have to figure out how to use that [in the performance]."
Series creator Chris Carter revealed in March that the series will be a mix of mythology that ties into the original series, and a "monster of the week" format. When asked if the new show will have stand-alone mysteries or serialized mythology that is touched upon throughout the show, David Duchovny had this to say.
"Even though there's only six, there will be a mix. It's not really The X-Files without the mythology."
When asked if there is anything about returning to play Fox Mulder that he isn't happy about, David Duchovny had this to say."Probably running through the forest at four in the morning."
With the series slated for a January 2016 debut, it isn't known when production will begin, but now that we know the first script has been completed, hopefully new details about the show will start to trickle out. Are you glad that The X-Files is finally coming back after more than a decade off the air? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more details on the new series.