Duchovny backs calls to reopen ‘X Files’
David Duchovny is urging studio bosses to consider reviving the The X Files movie franchise because he wants to see the American film industry invest more money in “homegrown” projects.
The TV series, which starred Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as alien-chasing FBI agents, has spawned two films and was last brought back to the big screen in 2008’s The X Files: I Want to Believe.
Anderson has previously insisted she would happily reprise her role as Dana Scully and the show’s writer Frank Spotnitz recently threw his support behind a possible third installment.
Duchovny has now waded into the debate and made a public appeal to bosses at 20th Century Fox to give the green light to another The X Files project.
He tells movie website Collider.com, “(I would) love to do another film, or more. I think we’re all game for it. I know I’m kind of perplexed that Fox isn’t more (enthusiastic). Here’s a homegrown property that you don’t have to go buy, like f—ing (2011 superhero movie) Green Lantern or something, to make it.
“Here you’ve got an actual action franchise that’s your own. It’s weird to me… Why not make a homegrown franchise that is excellent, and that has proven to be excellent and interesting? I don’t get it.”
However Duchovny is convinced producers made a mistake with the last film, adding, “They didn’t spend the money to compete in a summer fashion, and they brought it out in the summer. It should be a summer film. It should be an action film. But, the last one we made was not. The last one we made was a dark, contemplative, small $25 million film. It was basically an independent film. When you come out against Batman, it’s not going to happen.”