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David Duchovny Talks New Series Of The X Files And Movie Mistakes

David Duchovny has been talking to The Hollywood Reporter about the revived six-episode series of The X Files and confirmed that he always planned to see the premise continue, just not it the way it eventually happened.

"When I was doing the show, I always assumed – because we started to do the movies – that we would naturally transition to not carrying the load of doing a full season of the show but doing a movie every four or five years." Duchovny stated.

The first film took place in between seasons five and six and made a decent profit, even if it didn't get quite the critical acclaim it was hoping for. The second film The X-Files: I Want to Believe, released six years after the series finale made less money and despite talks of a third film from the stars and series creator Chris Carter, it never materialised.

Duchovny acknowledged that the movies didn't quite make the impact everyone was hoping for and went on to explain his reasons for returning to television as Fox Mulder once again.

"That didn't work out with the movies. The second movie did well, but I guess not well enough. Fox made some mistakes with that movie that hurt the franchise and they didn't seem to want to do another movie. So as the TV landscape changed and as it became conceivable to do this show without doing 22 or 25 episodes of them on television, then it seemed like a natural thing."

Duchovny then went on to explain the TV series revival as a 'six hour movie' and addressed concerns about playing a role he had not played regularly since 2002.

"It's been awhile since I've played Mulder so it's going to be strange for sure the first couple days. Luckily Gillian will be there and we'll be there for each other to say, 'That doesn’t seem right or something like that'. All the principals are back. Chris will be there, Gillian will be there, I'll be there and we can all check on each other and say, 'Is this the show?' Because we'll find it. It's just a matter of relaxing and letting it happen."

Filming on new episodes of The X Files begins this summer.

The X Files

Chris Carter's The X Files was the cultural zeitgeist of the 1990s, turning Mulder and Scully into television heroes. With its mix of aliens, conspiracies, monsters and serial killers, it revolutionised cult television and returned for new six-part revival in 2016 and another 10 episodes in 2018. Check out our 'The X Files Revisited', reviewing key episodes from across all seasons and both movies and our weekly reviews of season 11.

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