Could The X-Files find life beyond its upcoming six-episode event series? Mulder always did say to stay open to extreme possibilities.
“Gillian [Anderson] and I have talked about (doing more episodes), and then we just stop because we get to 2023 and we still haven’t found a date we can do it,” David Duchovny tells Variety. “It’s like, ‘Let’s just wait and see what happens after this,’ and then we can start to talk seriously about whether we can make it work again.”
If they can, series creator Chris Carter is confident that the network would be on board. On Friday, Carter told critics at TCA, “If we do well in the ratings, I can’t imagine we wouldn’t be asked to do more.”
Duchovny and Anderson’s rapport doesn’t hurt the series’ odds. The actors open up in Variety’s latest cover story about how their relationship has changed since the ’90s, when their off-camera dynamic was notoriously rocky.
“The crucible of doing that show made monsters out of both of us,” Duchovny says.
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But, he explains, reuniting for 2008 feature film The X-Files: I Want to Believe gave them both a new perspective: “Once we got to step back, it was like, ‘Oh, wow, we really like each other. I didn’t know that was going to happen.’”
“Our relationship has definitely become a proper friendship over the last few years,” says Anderson. “I think we’re more on each other’s side. We’re more aware of the other’s needs, wants, concerns, and mindful to take those into consideration — and just sharing more about our experiences in the moment, under the sudden realization that we’re both in this together, and wouldn’t it be nice if it were a collaboration?”
As for what fans can expect from the series’ return, Anderson promises more of what drew people to The X-Files in the first place.
“It is about recreating what the audience really wants, rather than trying to fix what isn’t broken.”
The X-Files‘ two-night premiere kicks off Jan. 24 on Fox.