David Duchovny Talks New X-Files Movie and Why the Last One Sucked

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When it comes to television, “The X-Files” was an amazing show. When it comes to the big screen, the movies based on that show fall flatter than a flaccid ninety-year-old with an empty bottle of Viagra. Especially the last one. Could another right those wrongs?

Collider recently caught up with star David Duchovny, who had this to say about the possibility of a third film…

“One of the greatnesses of the show was its open-endedness,” Duchovny tells the site. “It was about possibility. It wasn’t about closure. It just couldn’t be. There is no such thing as that story ever ending. Those characters are forever searching. That’s what they do. Even if we’re not watching them, they’re out there, in some dimension. Mulder and Scully are still doing their thing ‘cause that’s their nature.”

He continues, “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 fuckin’ Green Lantern or something, to make it. Here you’ve got an actual action franchise that’s your own. It’s weird to me, but I’m not an executive. I don’t know if they made the Green Lantern either, but I’m just using that as an example of, ‘Why make that film? Why not make a homegrown franchise that is excellent and that has proven to be excellent and interesting?’ I don’t get it, but that’s not my business.”

As for the debacle that was The X-Files: I Want to Believe

“I think Chris [Carter] is probably working on an idea so we’ll see. Unfortunately, with the last one, 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. You’re not going to be sold as an independent film, and you’re not going to compete against Batman with $25 million.”

David Duchovny Talks New X-Files Movie and Why the Last One Sucked

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  • kiddcapone

    I loved the X-Files, probably one of my all-time fav shows, and I liked the first movie. The 2nd should have been retitled I Want to Leave.

    I’m game for a new movie ONLY IF it has nothing to do with aliens. All my favorite episodes were outside the alien theme. I loved the monster-of-the-week storylines. Bring back the cast and get it right this time. It’s not like any of them are doing something of worth…They should all be readily available.

  • Masked Slasher

    I liked “I Want to Believe” – thought it had some pretty interesting things to say about science vs. faith and it played out like a low-key episode.

    I realize that it’s not exactly what people wanted, and the movie certainly fizzled out a bit at it’s conclusion, but I wouldn’t dismiss it as a failure.

    Hell, it’s better than the first movie – which really was just a retread of countless black oil episodes on a Hollywood budget.

    • Foywonder

      I agree with everything you write here in reverse.

      I Want to Believe was a failure. A dismal failure. A franchise killing failure. You won’t ever see The X-Files on the screen again until Hollywood decides to reboot it with a new cast.

      • Masked Slasher

        I don’t disagree that I WANT TO BELIEVE was the wrong story for the big screen and that it’s nothing special.

        But in the X-FILES universe, I can think about 20 episodes off the top of my head that were far, far worse.

    • LSD Zombie

      The Star Wars Prequels are one thing, but now you’ve gone off the deep end Fini! I can’t say I enjoyed one minute of I Want to Believe. Exploring the themes of science and faith are fine, but you should have a worthy story to support those themes; black market organ thieves aren’t the least bit interesting to me.

      More egregious than that was the decision to make both Mulder and Scully believers. How fucking boring is that to have two characters with the same opinion and betray what has been established for years?

      Here’s how to make a great X-Files movie, keep Chris Carter away from it!

    • Jinx

      I loved I Want to Believe. There. I said it. I loved that it was the polar opposite of the big, loud, fun summer blockbuster the previous installment was (which I really enjoyed as well).

      While it meant failure at the box office, I appreciate that the studio released this smart, grim, tiny little thriller in the middle of summer. It was the perfect antidote to most of the junk that came out that year.

      It’d have been nice to have a franchise closer this year, given that the story is intended to culminate at the end of 2012 with the alien invasion. Now, any sort of follow-up will likely have to deal with that story in retrospect.

      I just wish we’d get one more big outing with Mulder and Scully, and let the inevitable reboot simply be with new characters in the same world. I hate the thought of another set of actors taking on those roles.

    • Sirand

      I Want To Believe was pretentious film-student level garbage. One of the single worst films I’ve ever seen from a studio.

      Chris Carter is a complete hack. Morgan & Wong were the real brains behind The X-Files and when they left after Season 4, the downward spiral began.