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X-Files news: Is there a spin-off coming with Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose? Who else did Chris Carter really want back?

November 5th, 2015 by Marc Comments

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Some interesting tidbits for all the X-Files fans on here today…

With the new mini-series set to land in January, rumours have started to emerge that The X-Files is back in a big way that will go beyond the six episodes airing in 2016. And how’s this? Could we be getting a spin-off based on Flash’s Robbie Amell and Six Feet Under‘s Lauren Ambrose agents Mills and Einstein?

X-Files creator Chris Carter, when asked about the rumour, was careful not to deny it would happen:  “Right now I’m focused on doing the show with David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson].”

However, he did say it wasn’t part of the plan when the series was restarted: “People can speculate, but [their pacts] weren’t negotiated that way.”

Talking about the show itself, Carter said that, while he did get MOST of the original cast and crew back, there were four he really wanted but couldn’t get including executive producers Frank Spotnitz and Vince Gilligan. (The former was working on Amazon’s Man in the High Castle, the latter on Breaking Bad spin-off  Better Call Saul.)

On the acting front, he really wanted Robert Patrick to return as Agent Doggett and James Pickens Jr as Kersh (both pictured below) back, but their acting gigs on Scorpion and Grey’s Anatomy made it impossible.

And finally, it seems that there was very, very nearly a seventh hour made: “It was almost about to happen,” Carter says.

“We were planning for it. The script was written. I even called people to find out if they were available to direct, and it just didn’t happen.”

It would have been a standalone penned by a pair of X-Files neophytes: “I created an opportunity for two writers that I am close with to write a spec script. If there are more X-Files to be made, certainly it will be one of those.”

If there are more X-Files? Well, we can hope…

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny return with Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood and will be joined by Joel McHale, Annet Mahendru, Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose.

The X-Files return with a special two-night event on Sunday, January 24th and Monday, January 25th.


Source: TVLine, TV Line and, em, TVLine

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….