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7 Things to Know About the New X-FILES Series

By on January 22, 2016
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THE X-FILES: L-R: Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder. Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

Yes, it’s been 13 years but Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are finally returning to pick up those flashlights once again.

A new X-Files mini-series comprising 6 episodes (some stand-alone, others contributing to an overall story arc and an audacious new conspiracy) kicks off on Sunday January 24th on FOX.

The series premiere will see former agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) brought back together by a new mystery, and at the insistence of millionaire conspiracy theorist Tad O’Malley (Guest star Joel McHale) who believes he has just uncovered “the most evil conspiracy the world has ever known.”

And he might just be right.

Yesterday, we sat down with X-Files creator and Executive Producer Chris Carter to talk about what’s to come over the next 6 weeks, the challenges involved in bringing this iconic duo into the 21st Century, and what changes their unique relationship has undergone since we’ve seen them last.

Below you’ll find 7 newsy nuggets — a combination of our own teasers based on the three episodes we saw in advance — and Chris’ comments on these and more new developments.

Scully and Mulder in 2016

So it’s 2016, and Scully and Mulder are back on the case. Thankfully it’s not quite as Jimmy Kimmel envisaged in his recent X-Files reunion sketch.


“It took a lot of consideration because I had to think about the characters and their relationships,” said Carter of the reunion and the process of bringing Mulder and Scully into the 21st Century. “So much has changed since 2002. I had to put them in a contemporary context – both personally and professionally. I also had to be mindful of the fact the reason we’re back is because of the hardcore fans.”

“FOX were very respectful to let the producers do what they were doing. That said, they were very specific about where they wanted to do it, which was Vancouver — which was music to my ears. When they called me they said David and Gillian want to do it. I wouldn’t have done it without David or Gillian!”

“Anyone who’s picked up a newspaper, or gone on the internet recently knows that we live in an era of a tremendous amount of suspicion and distrust of not only of our government leaders but world governments. So that’s an interesting time to tell an X-Files story. When we went off the air in 2002, there could not have been more trust in government and institutions and we allowed a lot of our rights and liberties to be abridged in the name of security. We’ve all witnessed the abuse of that trust. The X-Files wants to point a pretty bright light at some of those dark corners that have developed.”

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