Ok, so we know the X-Files is coming back… we may have mentioned it in the past (here) and now we get Mulder himself, David Duchovny and creator Chris Carter talking a bit about what we should expect.
Carter, talking to the New York Times, was keen to ensure that the series still stays true to what we, the fans, loved about the original show: “We’re going to tell X-Files the way that we’ve always told them; we will of course set them in the time and place that they exist. We’re telling contemporary stories about contemporary situations, true to Mulder and Scully’s characters and their relationship and the passage of time.”
He has also confirmed the return of Glen Morgan and James Wong: “we’re very excited about that and we’re working on the rest. I have ideas for everyone.”
Duchovny was asked if new X-Files will be serialised or a collection of movies of the week: “We’re gonna do both. I’m pretty sure it’s gonna begin and end with the mythology. But I really don’t know.”
Where has Duchovny been recently? “I haven’t been hiding,” he assurred the newspaper, “All the good things are good. The good things are working with Chris and Gillian again, and getting to do this show again and see what we’ve got. I’m as curious as anybody else. I’m amazed that there’s still an appetite for it and I’m touched. I think the frame of the show is so expansive and so unique and so influential, that it should feel present.”
Will the new series only appeal to the fans or can newbies stroll in? “It (the original series) kind of introduced specialized knowledge, though you didn’t have to do homework to watch the show. They were always kind of juggling about what people needed to know, especially when we made the movies. Can we get somebody in who’s never seen this? And I’m sure we’ll have to juggle that again with this iteration of it.” – we think that’s a yes.
On returning to the roll, he says he’s a little nervous but feels he has grown as an actor: “I think I’ll be nervous on the day When I’m in a scene with Gillian, I think we’ll both be like, this is so weird. And I think we’ve both gotten better as we’ve gotten older, so how do we bring that to bear on these characters?
“If I were to look back at the first or second year of the show, I wouldn’t try to act like that guy. I’m capable of doing more. She’s capable of doing more. It’ll be interesting to see how we keep the characters the same but also the actors are better.”
With a slightly tongue-in-cheek final comment, he said: “The interesting thing about Mulder is nominally he is law enforcement but he never solved one case in nine years. So he’s the worst F.B.I. agent of all time.”
Harsh, but true…