Fox Plans to Bring Back ‘X-Files’ With Original Stars

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Fox Plans to Bring Back ‘X-Files’ With Original Stars.

The fourth-place network’s co-CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman told TV reporters at Saturday’s press tour that they’re in early talks to bring back “The X-Files” and they’d resurrect “Prison Break” “in a heartbeat.” “It’s been reported and it’s true that we’ve had some conversations on the ‘The X-Files,’” Newman said about the Chris Carter-created sci-fi drama that capped off a nine-season run in 2002.Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman today confirmed that the network is in very early talks for a new installment of Chris Carter’s iconic cult drama that ran from 1993 to 2002. DePaul University alum Gillian Anderson (“Crisis,” “The Fall”) and David Duchovny (“Californication”) starred as FBI special agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. The possibility of a limited series, similar to Fox’s 24: Live Another Day, was raised during a Q&A at Fox’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, according to Variety.

Confirming some prior reports, the network’s leadership says they are seriously chasing a reboot of The X-Files and are possibly interested in bringing back Prison Break too (along with yet another edition of 24 as well — but that’s another story). David, who played Mulder, has an upcoming NBC event series, Aquarius, while Gillian, as Scully, has a recurring role on NBC’s Hannibal and both would have to fulfill those contracts before committing to anything else. ‘I need to wrap my brain around what that would entail,’ she said. ‘I live in London. One thing all three titles have in common is they’re properties of 20th Century Fox Television, which Walden and Newman ran prior to adding the Fox broadcast network to their plate last year. Walden hopes that Duchovny and Anderson will be back to reprise their roles, but also acknowledged that both actors are very busy at the moment, not to mention currently under contracts with Fox rival, NBC.

Chris has a lot on his plate, so it’s just trying to carve out the time.” Anderson, who played Agent Scully on the show, recently sparked fervor after expressing her desire for a series reboot during a Nerdist Podcast interview. Duchovny, whose role as Agent Fox “Spooky” Mulder inspired extraterrestrial believers across the globe, is kicking off a new show on NBC this spring titled Aquarius, about the Charles Manson murders in 1969 Los Angeles.

While the X-Files talks are in the very early stages, perhaps the negotiators will be inspired by the recent resurgence of another cult ’90s series, Twin Peaks, which was recently picked up by Showtime for a third season in 2016, 25 years after its 1991 cancellation. Both ‘Prison Break’ stars Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller are currently preoccupied with their recurring roles as villains on CW’s “The Flash.”

As for Prison Break, the team sounded more skeptical of a reboot coming together, but also very interested. “There is some speculation in the press about Prison Break, which honestly was slightly news to us,” Newman said. “Although we’ve made it clear over the years to the studio that we would bring Prison Break back in a heartbeat.

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