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 at FOX is reporting that Duchovny was in a program to deal with his pornography addiction and went public with it because a fellow patient took that tidbit to the tabloids, which were about to pop the story. Friedman has been wildly wrong before so I would take that with a grain of salt.
It was a grim summer for the X-folks. "X-Files: I Want to Believe," was an afterthought even among sci-fi and genre fans because of the massive competition in the sector this summer. The $30 million film pulled in about $21 million in the U.S. (and about $57 million worldwide), far below expectations. I think it will do quite well as a DVD (people are accustomed, after all, to watching Mulder and Scully on the small screen), but I can’t imagine we’ll ever see another "X-Files" project at theaters.
I interviewed Duchovny over coffee a few months ago for a feature on the film and he was great, very droll but bright and engaging. I wish him well with his efforts to keep his marriage and family intact. I’m sure he loathes that this happening in a public space now. It’s hard to tell if there is some Hollywood code-talk at work, meanwhile, in the announcement about Carter’s medical treatment. I hope things go well for him. I absolutely adored the early seasons of "The X-Files," and Carter has always seemed like a cerebral innovator as a storyteller.
— Geoff Boucher
UPDATE An earlier version of this post had some box-office figures for "X-Files" that were incorrect. So I have excised them and subbed in a correct figure.
Photo by Max Nash (AFP/Getty Images) shows Chris Carter at British premiere of "X Files: I Want to Believe" in London in July 30, 2008.
Photo by David Hogan/Getty Images, showing Frank Spotnitz, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Chris Carter at the July premiere of "The X Files: I Want To Believe" in London.