Producer Frank Spotnitz Wants Third X-Files Movie to 'Finish' the Series

For such a long-running series, the story of The X-Files never really finished. The science fiction series ran for nine seasons, from 1993 to 2002, on FOX, but ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, with an alien invasion still imminent and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) on the lam. A film, X-Files: Fight the Future, had been released during the show's run, and in 2008, The X-Files: I Want to Believe was released. But instead of being a film that people were wanting to see -- the continuation of the alien invasion storyline -- the film provided a largely standalone storyline, the sort of monster-of-the-week format for which the series had originally become famous. The film wasn't a flop at the box office, but it underperformed, leaving a sequel in doubt.

Now, X-Files writer/producer Frank Spotnitz thinks the time has come for X-Files 3. Speaking to Collider, Spotnitz confirmed that he "absolutely" thought it was time for a new X-Files film."I think everybody should write to 20th Century Fox. I've been saying for years now that I feel it's a cultural crime that they have not finished the series," he said. "The second movie did not perform the way anybody wanted it to at the box office. I'm proud of that movie, but it makes sense to me that it didn't. It was released at the height of summer, and it was a story-of-the-week. That's not what the movie-going audience wanted. The movie-going audience wanted the aliens. That's what they know The X-Files for. And that story is not done, and it should be finished."

But with the aliens scheduled to invade on December 22, 2012 (according to the mythology of the series), time is running out to make a timely sequel. Spotnitz is aware of this: "I don't think it's too late, but I think it's gonna be, pretty soon. I'm still agitating with everyone I can grab to say, 'Let's make this movie while we still can!'"

Check out Spotnitz's full interview with Collider here.

What do you think? Is it too late for a third X-Files movie, or do you think there's room for one more?

- The X-Files
- Frank Spotnitz

Written by: mcpherson
Aug 7th, 2012, 9:41 am

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Message Posted On Aug 8th, 2012, 9:38 pm
"... aliens scheduled to invade on December 22, 2012 ..." Scene inside FBI HQ basement office Dec 23, 2012. Fox: I don't understand it, they were supposed to be here ... Scully: Well here's your problem, you forgot to carry the 1, it's Dec 22, 2013.


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Message Posted On Aug 8th, 2012, 7:23 pm

Completely agreed about wanting a Millennium movie Morning Star.


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Message Posted On Aug 8th, 2012, 3:06 pm

We all hope for this to happend, but when it comes to FUX (FOX) I dont dare to get my hopes up!!!!!


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Message Posted On Aug 8th, 2012, 6:52 am

I hope they would do it, but it is probably far too late for a winter or even a spring 2013 release (maybe not a matter so much of filming, but working out the actors' schedule, assuming they're even interested)  - a "timely release" seems next to imposible.


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Message Posted On Aug 8th, 2012, 5:23 am

I'm a more interested in getting a Millennium film made. Need something to wash out the taste of that poor excuse for a finale they shot off in that X-Files episode. So it's good to hear that they have a desire to make one, albeit with little chance getting off the ground.



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Message Posted On Aug 7th, 2012, 1:45 pm

Oh how I hope they do this. I just worry that the failure of the ill-conceived I Want To Believe has doomed the chances of FOX funding another film.

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