March 24, 2015 | 11:25 a.m.
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 […]
July 18, 2013 | 6:32 p.m.
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.” […]
July 04, 2013 | 2:23 p.m.
“Ender’s Game,” “Divergent,” “Dexter” and a 20th anniversary celebration of “The X-Files” with show creator Chris Carter are among the marquee draws on the schedule for the first day of San Diego’s Comic-Con International, Thursday, July 18. The pop culture expo unveiled the complete programming schedule for the first day of the annual confab, which draws some 125,000 fans from across the globe. It marks the first in a series of announcements that will roll out during the holiday weekend, though details regarding a number of the panels and presentations already had been made public. The biggest film titles on the schedule are two upcoming projects from Summit: “Divergent,” set for release next March, is the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s young adult bestseller and will be represented in the convention’s lead arena, the 6,500-seat Hall H, with a panel comprising […]
May 27, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
“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 13, 2013 | 12:38 p.m.
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 […]
March 11, 2011 | 9:00 a.m.
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 […]
July 07, 2010 | 11:57 p.m.
COMIC-CON 2010: JULY 24-29 Sex, drugs and murder? Sounds about right. David Duchovny of “Californication,” Mary-Louise Parker of “Weeds“ and Michael C. Hall of “Dexter“ will explore the dark side with an antihero panel at Comic-Con International 2010. The panel also features creators from those three shows and “Nurse Jackie.” Showtime just announced the panel, which will be in Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Convention Center at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 22. That’s the first day of the massive pop-culture expo that takes over San Diego and now features an annual parade of film and television stars that (for better or worse) have taken the event well beyond comic books in its focus. I’m excited to say that I’m the journalist who will be moderating this “Anti-Heroes of Showtime” panel, so check back here for exclusive backstage coverage. The other members of […]
Sept. 04, 2008 | 6:10 p.m.
I just saw that Chris Carter,the mastermind behind "The X-Files," is reportedly getting medical care for exhaustion and "an acute sleep disorder." Whitney Pastorek at EW.com has this brief item: Chris Carter, writer, producer, and director of "The X-Files: I Want to Believe," was hospitalized on Tuesday due to "physical exhaustion and an acute sleeping disorder," a source close to Carter tells EW.com. The source says the hospitalization stems from Carter "working on multiple films back to back over a two year period" — the recently released "X-Files" sequel and "Fencewalker," a covert project he is rumored to have begun shooting earlier this year. He is expected to recover quickly. This news follows the announcement last week by David Duchovny’s attorney, Stanton Stein, that the "X-Files" and "Californication" star is in rehab to deal with his sex addiction. Roger Friedman […]
July 16, 2008 | 4:02 p.m.
These days, every major genre film and hit show has a significant presence on the Internet, but that wasn’t the case when “The X-Files” became a spooky sensation in the 1990s. David Duchovny said that, like his character Fox Mulder, the relentless faith of true believers is astounding to behold. ” ‘The X-Files’ was said to be the first Internet show,” Duchovny said over coffee on a recent morning in Los Angeles. “We had chat rooms and fan sites and all that. Look, I’m usually five or six years behind whatever is hip. So it was around 2000 that I started doing e-mail and finally started understanding what all that was about.” And what was it about? The answer is religion, apparently. “My initial response — and I still hold this to be true — is that it takes the […]