Over a year after reviving The X-Files for a highly-awaited 10th season, Fox announced that a new, 10-episode installment of the sci-fi/drama will premiere either late 2017 or early 2018. Production is scheduled to launch this summer, Deadline reports.
The network didn’t reveal any plot details but confirmed that the series’ long-running stars, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, will reprise their respective roles as FBI paranormal investigators Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
Both the actors tweeted enthusiastically about the return. Anderson posted a playful photo of the duo, writing, “You ready for more of this, @davidduchovny?” Her co-star replied, “Oh yes, been ready since ’93.”
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) April 21, 2017
The X-Files originally premiered in 1993, airing for nine seasons and earning 16 Emmys during its acclaimed run. The six-episode 10th season, which drew high ratings for Fox, was set 14 years after the events of Season Nine and seven years after 2008 film The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
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Though Season 10 ended with a cliffhanger, Anderson told Rolling Stone she was uncertain about the show’s future, citing potential scheduling issues. “There’s a lot of things that aren’t conducive to a long-running or even one more year of a running, multiple-episode TV show in the mix,” she said. “So there would have to be some pretty extraordinary circumstances. But maybe. Maybe the success that we’ve had thus far with the six episodes is enough for extraordinary circumstances to present themselves. You never know.”