10:55 am - 06/28/2014

David Duchovny wants to make another X-Files Movie


While the first X-Files movie - release during the height of the series' popularity in 1998 - was a box office hit, the same can't be said its a sequel. Released in 2008, a full decade after the first one, The X-Files: I Want To Believe cost only $35 million to make, but wound up only making $20.9 here and $47 million abroad. These numbers didn't exactly tell the studio that audiences were clamoring for more stories featuring FBI Agents Mulder and Scully, so the idea of a third movie has long been considered an unlikely possibility. All that out there, David Duchovny still isn't giving up hope that there is a future for the X-Files.

With Duchovny's long-running showtime series Californiacatation coming to an end this weekend, Rolling Stone recently sat down to talk with the actor, and during the course of the interview the X-Files star admitted that he still hasn't quite put Fox Mulder behind him. Asked if he would be game for a third film in the franchise, Duchovny said,
"I would always want to do it. I wish we'd done more already. I wish the second one did better business. I think it did OK business, but not the kind of business where you get to do another one right away."

What makes this case interesting is that many star TV actors from the '90s have spent their entire careers running away from the characters they played, hoping to avoid being typecast and only being recognized for one thing despite their personally known versatility. Duchovny admits that there was a time when he was part of this crowd, but the work he has done since the X-Files ended has allowed him to feel differently about the potential to revisit the character that gave him his big break. "Once I was able to branch out and do some other movies and do Californication, I didn't feel like, 'People only think I do that,'" the actor said. "I no longer have that anxiety."

Duchovny is arguably still most recognized for his role on the X-Files, which was one of the biggest pop culture hits of the 90s, but he has certainly kept busy on both the big screen and small. Likewise, co-star Gillian Anderson, who played Mulder's partner Dana Scully, has had the same level of success, most recently appearing in a number of episodes of Hannibal (the series finale suggesting an even bigger role for her in the show's third season).

In addition to doing poorly with audiences, X-Files: I Want To Believe was also largely trashed by critics, which opens the debate: is a third X-Files movie something that people really want.

ONTD, what show do you want to be revived?

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huppert 28th-Jun-2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
I don't trust them to wrap things up properly, so no ty.

They missed a golden opportunity w/ 2012.
kidviciousdonna 28th-Jun-2014 05:30 pm (UTC)
I'd watch a third movie for sure. And I want Reaper revived. Those two guys are alwYs on shows I like but get cancelled right away.
lookinfoareason thank you!1st-Jul-2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
kidviciousdonna Re: thank you!1st-Jul-2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
the fact that it left on a cliffhanger too....ughhh
tiltheworldend 28th-Jun-2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
The last film was SUCH a mess. Like not only was it bad by movie standards but it still would have been bad as an X Files episode. It annoys me because some of the best XF episodes were the monster of the week ones and couldnt they come up with another great one for the movie? M E S S

Edited at 2014-06-28 05:33 pm (UTC)
alphabase 28th-Jun-2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
I get it that the story wasn't exactly riveting, but how was it a mess? On rewatching the storyline makes perfect sense. And it holds its own as a movie, too - some of the visuals were actually stunning.
pit_fashn 28th-Jun-2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
I loved it. It was better than the first imo
yousaidlog 28th-Jun-2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
I'm always on an X-Files kick in the summertime.
goldenlockets 28th-Jun-2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
same. i was rewatching house since they added it to netflix, but now i wanna postpone and rewatch txf
workbitch 28th-Jun-2014 05:37 pm (UTC)
Just leave it dead.
endingonfire 28th-Jun-2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
I think it's gonna happen tbh. The comics are reintroducing and reviving storylines and characters (the gunmen and Krycek yasss) but the writer said Chris is barring the use of William because it's something he wants to work with on his own project. I think the wheels are turning, just slowly and quietly until they can announce it. Idc if it's time has passed, I would be so fucking excited.
huppert 28th-Jun-2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
Chris is barring the use of William because it's something he wants to work with on his own project

ugh can he not
starlysh 28th-Jun-2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
Are the comics good? I always thought/wanted they could do a spinoff show with William and he joins the FBI and reopens the X-files.
buncha_cruncha 28th-Jun-2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
Dude, Krycek?? I need to start reading the comics again...I keep forgetting they're out there.
wendelah1 28th-Jun-2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
But...didn't the comics kill off the Van de Kamps? That seems like it had to involve William at some point.
nemo_de_la_meer 28th-Jun-2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
I fucking love the comics. Lone Gunmen = <3
batsyx 28th-Jun-2014 09:09 pm (UTC)
Dont tell me the gunmen are alive in the comics? Omg i absolutely hated the way they were killed off. :(
feelgooderies 28th-Jun-2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
Favorite episode?

Off the top of my head, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose"
laurshel 28th-Jun-2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
coral_lounge 28th-Jun-2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
fuck yeah
theblackwidow 28th-Jun-2014 06:13 pm (UTC)
"Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'"
whiskybars 28th-Jun-2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
bad blood
jess_sayin 28th-Jun-2014 06:36 pm (UTC)
That is my fave too. such a trippy story line.
starlysh 28th-Jun-2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
Bad Blood and Triangle.
dumblesinwinter 28th-Jun-2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
bad blood and detour
alphabase 28th-Jun-2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
My favourite, too.
korralin 28th-Jun-2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
no order~
monday, field trip , bad blood, post modern prometheus, the rain king, je souhaite, the end
buncha_cruncha 28th-Jun-2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
Jose Chung
One Breath
Anasazi/The Blessing Way/Paper Clip
mertonfanatic 28th-Jun-2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
Home and Clyde Bruckman have always been favorites. Tooms is pretty high up there as well.
whysoseriousbb 28th-Jun-2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
i'll be typical and say bad blood
yunaresuka 28th-Jun-2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
The Post-Modern Prometheus lol
muddyroad 28th-Jun-2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose, Squeeze, Tooms, Home, Eve, Roland, The Host, Soft Light, Teliko, Leonard Betts, Post-Modern Prometheus, Tithonus, Theef.
jennyherself 28th-Jun-2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
darkness falls
scullies 28th-Jun-2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
Field Trip and Closure
goldenlockets 28th-Jun-2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
ngl i love me some chinga. arcadia is also up there.
turi 28th-Jun-2014 05:39 pm (UTC)
Can we get one that doesn't involve chris carter tho
buncha_cruncha 28th-Jun-2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
He can be involved in an advisory capacity but THAT'S IT, lol
brandinsbabe 28th-Jun-2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
I'm 100% all about this happening! But let it be a mythology episode movie instead of monster of the week. The first movie was crazy good. The second was a flop cause of the story line. No one was as invested in MOT stuff as in the conspiracy theory type scenario!

Man, I cant even begin to make a list of favorite episodes. I used to know them all by heart in order of season lol. /dork
scullies 28th-Jun-2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
I agree completely. I rewatched just the episodes that involve the major arc and it was great tbh.
brandinsbabe 28th-Jun-2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
I wisssssh they could have done a movie based on the end of the world/alien scenario that they had weaved into there. The end of the Mayan Calendar or something. That would have been perfect.
asuka4eva 28th-Jun-2014 05:42 pm (UTC)

I'm one of the few that enjoyed the movie :)
theblackwidow 28th-Jun-2014 05:44 pm (UTC)

I enjoyed both movies tbh
sethelaezekiel 28th-Jun-2014 05:42 pm (UTC)
I just finished season 6 not gonna bother watching the rest.
huppert 28th-Jun-2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
Smart choice tbh
tiltheworldend 28th-Jun-2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
I loved season 7 and season 8 was pretty good too. Skip the last season and go straight to the season finale because the last scene is really touching imo
scullies 28th-Jun-2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
I agree. Season 7 in particular has some great eps in it.
starlysh 28th-Jun-2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
I did a rewatch like a year ago and had to stop mid-s7 because I knew it was going to go downhill. Probably just skip to the series finale.
hebk 28th-Jun-2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
I didn't even finish season 6
alanadelrey 28th-Jun-2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
Lol I've been at the beginning of season 7 for like a year now and it's starting to drag.
softbeds 28th-Jun-2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
the x files is so great. i watched it for the first time last year. i've been wanting to rewatch it but man, sometimes i get really sad that i can never watch it for the first time again.
prophecypro 28th-Jun-2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
habibi chill
manu19 28th-Jun-2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
but we already survived the invasion
theblackwidow 28th-Jun-2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
unless it was a Skrull-esque secret invasion
manu19 28th-Jun-2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
would certainly explain the mood swings of my mother
feelgooderies 28th-Jun-2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
No ty
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