Chris Carter

March 24, 2015 | 11:25 a.m.

‘X-Files’ revival: Duchovny, Anderson returning in 6-episode Fox event

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are headed back to the small screen. “The X-Files” is returning to Fox with a six-episode event series, and David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are set to reprise their original roles as the FBI agents who investigate paranormal mysteries. The sci-fi horror series, helmed by creator Chris Carter, premiered 22 years ago and became a pop-culture phenomenon, earning 16 Primetime and Creative Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes and inspiring a worldwide fan base. The show, which ran for nine seasons, became U.S. network TV’s longest-running sci-fi series. “The X-Files” has been off the air since 2002, but production for the six new episodes will begin this summer. “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter said in Tuesday’s news release announcing the revival. “The good news is the world has only gotten […]
Nov. 24, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

‘The X-Files: Season 10’ No. 6 preview: Flukeman returns!

This post has been corrected, as detailed below. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are back with the FBI, and as “The X-Files: Season 10” begins its second arc, a fan-favorite monster from the classic paranormal investigation TV show’s second season returns: Yes, X-Philes, Flukeman is back. The Joe Harris-written “Season 10” comic series’ sixth issue, “Hosts: Part 1 of 2,” draws its name from the Chris Carter-written 1994 episode “The Host,” which followed FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) as they encountered a dangerous, horrific-looking creature found in a New Jersey water treatment plant. (Who can forget the presumed-dead Flukeman opening his eyes at the end?) Carter, creator of “The X-Files,” is the executive producer of the IDW Publishing series, which Harris (“Great Pacific,” “Ghost Projekt”) scripts with dialogue that feels like Duchovny and Anderson are delivering […]
July 18, 2013 | 6:32 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘The X-Files’ marks 20 years, ponders its future

The question that was posed to “The X-Files” creator Chris Carter throughout the hit sci-fi investigation drama’s 20th anniversary celebration panel Thursday at Comic-Con International in San Diego was, will there be more – will there be a third movie? “I have to say just being here today and seeing all these people – you need a reason to get excited about going on and doing it again …” Chris Carter told a packed ballroom, interrupted by sustained applause and hollering. “This is very inspirational.” So stay tuned on the franchise’s future. But most of the hour-long gathering was about its conspiracy-laden, freaky past and its lasting effects – from FBI Agent and scientist Dana Scully inspiring one audience member to earn a doctorate in physics to making possible writer-producer Vince Gilligan’s Emmy-winning (and again nominated) AMC drama “Breaking Bad.” […]
May 27, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

‘The X-Files’: Chris Carter talks Mulder, Scully romance [video]

“The X-Files” taunted fans for years with the idea of a romance between intrepid agents Mulder and Scully, played by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. But the show’s creator, Chris Carter, always strongly felt that the two leads could never be a couple. “I think they never got closer again than they did in the pilot,” Carter said with a laugh during an appearance at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, where he and two of the show’s writers, Glen Morgan and Darin Morgan, appeared on stage to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary. “I knew they should never be together,” he said. “It was wrong, but in the end, after the show was over, of course, if you saw the second movie you know that they are together.” Watch the video above to hear more from Carter about what […]
May 20, 2013 | 9:01 p.m.

Chris Carter on ‘X-Files’: ‘It was more like a test than a TV series’

“The X-Files,” the landmark science fiction television series created by Chris Carter, was built on elaborate conspiracies and a healthy dose of paranoia. The show premiered 20 years ago this year, but in many ways it still seems contemporary — and relevant. Speaking at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, Carter said he’s somewhat surprised to find that the show has a kind of resonance in the present era, but he feels that it did come along at the right historical moment. “It was of its time, it seemed to be right for its time, it sort of capitalized on its time,” he said. “You probably could make the show today, but I don’t know why, it feels like it was made exactly when it should have been made.” Watch the video above to hear more from Carter about his […]
May 18, 2013 | 8:46 p.m.

‘The X-Files’: Chris Carter talks ‘improbable’ comedy of ‘Jose Chung’

“The X-Files” remains a moody and mysterious hallmark of science fiction television, even as the show celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. But amid the conspiracies and monsters-of-the-week, there were famously funny moments, too. The episode “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” from the series’ third season remains a high point in terms of showcasing the show’s ability to garner laughs, and it was one of three episodes showcased in a tribute to “The X-Files” that closed the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood. At the event, the show’s creator Chris Carter, along with the writer of the episode, Darin Morgan, and his brother and another longtime “X-Files” writer Glen Morgan, recalled his surprise about the way “Jose Chung’s” broadened the stylistic scope of the series. “You can never imagine where it’s going to go,” Carter said. “To do […]
May 13, 2013 | 12:38 p.m.

‘The X-Files’ at 20: Chris Carter still wants to believe

It’s been 20 years since “The X-Files” opened to viewers’ wanting-to-believe eyes, and the hit paranormal investigation drama’s creator, Chris Carter, doesn’t quite know what to make of that phenomenon. “It’s surreal,” he told a sold-out crowd Sunday at the Hero Complex Film Festival shortly after entering to a standing ovation. “It’s like an X-File…. Twenty years’ missing time.” Asked what he might do differently if he made the show now, he said, “It was of its time…. You probably could make the show today, but, I don’t know why, it just feels like it was made exactly when it should have been made.” The festival’s closing night was devoted to the acclaimed Fox series, and included screenings of three fan-picked episodes – the pilot, which he wrote, “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” and “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose.” Carter said […]
May 12, 2013 | 9:57 a.m.

‘The X-Files’: Remembering mood and mystery of a sci-fi landmark

PERSPECTIVE I came to “The X-Files,” which turns 20 this year, after its first season, and for a time I had no idea what was happening. This was a good way to watch a show whose greatest strength was its air of dreamlike mystery. Folded across the turn of the 21st-century, it was a millennial show for a millennial time, reflecting a popular preoccupation with apocalypse and messiahs, puzzling phenomena and unexplained mysteries, psychic surgeons and alien autopsies, random mutations and science gone too far. It was also, looking back on old episodes, a time of pay phones, answering machines, tape recorders, dot-matrix printouts, padded shoulders and big eyeglasses. The basics were fairly clear: Fox “Spooky” Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) were FBI agents whose particular job it was to handle cases outside the bounds of […]
April 08, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.

Hero Complex Film Festival 2013: Del Toro, Darabont, Emmerich, more

Visionary genre talents Guillermo del Toro, Frank Darabont, Roland Emmerich, John Carpenter and Chris Carter will be among the special guests at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, set to take place May 10-12 at the Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The festival will open May 10 with a double feature from writer-director Carpenter — a 25th anniversary screening of “They Live” and a 35th anniversary screening of his landmark horror film “Halloween.” The always candid and entertaining Carpenter will appear in person between the films to discuss his career, which has produced genre favorites such as “Assault on Precinct 13,” “Escape From New York,” “The Thing,” “Big Trouble in Little China,” “Starman” and many more. On May 11, writer-director Darabont will be on hand for an afternoon screening of his 2007 Stephen King adaptation “The Mist,” the riveting […]
March 11, 2011 | 9:00 a.m.

‘X-Files’ reopened? Six new Hollywood films shine a light on sci-fi show’s legacy

Is it a conspiracy? “The X-Files” went off the air in 2002 and the spooky brand name won’t be seeing the light of day anytime soon after that forgettable feature-film revival in 2008. But here in early 2011 it feels like the truth is still out there — and we’re not just talking about the flashlights and lab coats inherited by Fox’s  “Fringe.” Hollywood has a half-dozen movies hitting theaters — all within a 42-day release window — that might be filed under X, in one way or another. Consider: “I Am Number Four” (Feb. 18): Sure, “Smallville” and “Twilight” inform the tone and character vibes of this movie, but the subplots of secret alien wars on earth, discredited conspiracy theorists and extraterrestrial abductionwere written with the basic alphabet of the old Fox series. Don’t trust us, just listen to supporting character Sam (played by […]
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