Although fans and critics haven’t been particularly enamoured with Star Trek: Lower Decks so far, that hasn’t stopped executives at Fox from taking notice and realizing that maybe one of their big sci-fi properties could be given a similar treatment. We are hearing this week that an animated spin-off from The X-Files is currently in development, one that will reportedly have a strong comedic angle. The show will not revolve around Mulder and Scully, but rather “an office full of misfit agents” who are tasked with investigating much stranger, less important cases. With another season of the live-action series currently looking unlikely, could this be the next best thing? Hit the jump for more details.
According to TV Line, an animated X-Files series called The X-Files: Albuquerque is currently in the works at Fox and Bento Box Entertainment (Bob’s Burgers). Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko (Paradise PD) will write the pilot and serve as executive producers along with former X-Files scribe Gabe Rotter. The X-Files creator Chris Carter is involved as executive producer as well although it is unclear whether he will take part creatively.
The X-Files came back for two new seasons in 2016 and 2018 after a fourteen-year hiatus, but the revival now seems to be concluded after Gillian Anderson announced she would not return for another season. With that in mind, this is an interesting way to keep the franchise alive, although previous spin-off The Lone Gunmen might indicate that The X-Files without Mulder and Scully is a tough sell. The X-Files: Albuquerque has supposedly already received a script and presentation commitment from Fox. Would you watch an animated X-Files show?