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?