David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are reuniting for a six-part X-Files limited series, reprising their roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Although the enormously popular paranormal investigation drama ended 13 years ago, its fan base has remained enthusiastic, and many viewers were hoping the show would join the growing list of classic TV revivals. Of course, if the project has exceptionally high ratings, it would surprise noone if it were renewed as a full series.
Fox Television Group chairs Gary Newman and Dana Walden, who were involved with the original series and have been anxious to resurrect it, released a statement praising the show’s creator Chris Carter, saying: “We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons—one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers—and we couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again.”
They added that the program “was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture—yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning. Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as The X-Files, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.”
Following its original run, the series spawned two feature films. Although both Duchovny and Anderson have remained busy with various film and television projects since the show wrapped, neither has equaled the massive success they enjoyed while playing the two very different investigators. Duchovny is currently at work on the upcoming crime series Aquarius.
The new X-Files series is expected to debut on Fox sometime next year.