It looks like all of this recent X-Files talk (Exhibit A and Exhibit B) might be shaping into something real. Back in January Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman announced that series creator Chris Carter was in talks with the network for a new run of the show and that stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny were onboard with the plan. Now it appears as though these talks have materialized into a fantastic scenario for X-Files fans in the sense that a limited run of the series (less than 10 episodes) is nearing a green light from Fox.
Per TV Wise:
Fox is close to giving an official green-light to a revival of their iconic science fiction series, which originally aired between 1993 and 2002. Per sources, the network has settled on a “short-stack” order for the revival and while the exact size of the order is yet-to-be-determined, I’m told it will be less than ten episodes.
They go onto say that they cannot confirm a rumor put forth by the Daily Mail that it will only be six episodes. And they reiterate that talks with sister studio 20th Century Fox Television are still happening. This all falls in line with comments Duchovny made back in January:
“I’m assuming that it will happen sooner rather than later now. We’ll see what form, how many (episodes). Certainly I can’t nor would I be interested in doing a full season. It will be in some kind of limited form. We’re all old, we don’t have the energy for a full season.”
As a fan of the show this is incredibly exciting. And I don’t mind the limited order at all if they feel like they have a really compelling arc to unpack in those episodes. As long as they can top the final two or three seasons and the 2008 movie, then I’ll be happy.