X-Files 2 Movie Officially Confirmed, Gets Release Date

We’ve been hearing rumours about it for years, but it looks like the second X-Files movie is finally greenlit and ready to shoot! Twentieth Century Fox issued a press statement today confirming a release date of July 25, 2008 for the flick. Little is known about the story at the moment, and I imagine they will keep it shrouded in mystery for as long as possible (until some rebel blogger leaks the script, anyway). We do know that it will be directed by series creator Chris Carter, from a screenplay he co-wrote with Frank Spotnitz.

I got into The X-Files later than most, only really hopping on board to watch the last few seasons (which of course were the worst ones). I’m excited about seeing these characters on screen again, although I wonder if they will seem dated at this point. Somehow alien abductions and government conspiracies are not quite what they used to be. The show ended back in 2002, with one of the worst series finales I have ever seen. We can only assume the story will pick up from there, which is a shame because it’s become such a convoluted mess that it’s almost not worth continuing. I’ve recently caught a few episodes of Duchovny’s new Showtime series, Californication, and thought it was brilliant — he’s definitely still got that sardonic wit. As for Gillian Anderson, we haven’t seen much from her over the past few years outside of her supporting role in The Last King of Scotland. Are you excited about The X-Files 2?

  • The new movie will be set up as a ‘stand-alone'(Think of the episodes like ‘Bad Blood’, and ‘Home’), supposedly it will have nothing to do with the mytharc conspiracy. Just a regular old monster/supernatural movie. The question is “when” will this stand-alone take place? Rumors were that it was going to take place at a time when Mulder and Scully were still in the FBI as partners.

    I’ve been waiting for almost 10 years for a sequel and while I am happy to see it happening finally I’m still a little bitter for waiting this long. They certainly have an uphill battle in re-establishing interest in the franchise. Hopefully with the new Ultimate X-Files Boxset coming out people’s interest in the show will be ignited. I hope they get a good production blog up an running when they start filming, that’s another great way to get noticed.

    Well here’s to hoping. The truth is out there.

  • Ian

    To be honest I really did enjoy the X-files up until the 7th season or so. When it first came out there was nothing on television like it (a creepy at times neo-noir paranormal conspiracy mystery show). I think that the movie would have to conclude the mythology of the show as such it at the point where they left off it would be more of an action picture. I wouldn’t mind that if it could still bring back some of what made the first few seasons so great. The creator is still involved so that’s a good thing.

  • I still liked some of the one-shot episodes even towards the end, it’s just that the main storyline got completely messed. If Tanya is right about it being a stand-alone movie then that could be a very good thing.