The Project: The X-Files. Weird, we haven’t heard anything about this new Fox show. It looks like the guy from Californication and the lady-shrink from Hannibal are doing a knock off of Grimm?
The Panel: Ohhh, it’s a 20-year anniversary reunion panel! That explains it. The lineup was actually quite impressive. Not only were creator Chris Carter and writers and producers like David Amann, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, John Shiban, and Jim Wong in attendance, but there were also heavy hitting X-Files write-producer grads Vince Gilligan and Howard Gordon, along with Mulder and Scully too – David Duchovny and a blonde Gillian Anderson – who enter a darkened Ballroom 20 with signature flashlights roving.
Footage Screened: Despite some teases about the never-seen Mulder and Scully sex scene – which at this point is an outtake so mythical and elusive it’s like one of the creatures the X-Files team used to chase, the audience had to settle for the show’s classic opening credits.
The Big Revelations: A third X-Files movie? Nope, Carter wouldn’t take the bait and make any kind of announcement there (though the actors said they would be game, in theory). But he did say that The X-Files could be on the air today. “The suspicion and conspiracy theories are so much more rampant today,” he said. “You could do the show now. You couldn’t really do the show in 2002 because people trusted the government – or wanted to. We went through a period there where The X-Files was not relevant.” Asked which episode creeped him out the most and Carter referred to the sewer-dwelling flukeman episode: “I think seeing Darin in that toilet was pretty creepy.” While Gilligan credited The X-Files for the creation of his own AMC favorite Breaking Bad – both for his growth as a writer, and because star Bryan Cranston once made a guest appearance on the Fox show.
Most Incisive Audience Question: Well, not the most incisive, but one that perhaps gets the biggest reaction is a fan who asked what would Mulder and Scully do on a date. “Have sex,” declared Anderson. “And maybe dinner?” added Duchovny. Anderson also said, somewhat vaguely, that she “didn’t realize Mulder was cool until a few years later…and I thought, ‘Damn, should have gone there sooner.’” At the end of the panel, Anderson auctioned off a signed cardboard cutout on stage. As bids were called out from the audience she quipped, “This is how we’re going to get the movie made.”