X-Files creator Chris Carter said the hit sci-fi show would likely return after its highly-anticipated six-episode reboot wrapped on Fox Monday. “I can tell you, almost without a doubt, we will come back,” Carter told The New York Times.
Carter said he’d had an “informal conversation” with Fox co-chief executive, Dana Walden, who told him the network was interested in future episodes. Though Carter noted there are a lot of logistics that need to be sorted out before an official announcement can be made.
“It’s really a matter of when the actors would be able to do it, when they’re available at the same time,” he said. “We’d also need a schedule that would give us enough lead time to make it interesting. Nothing’s been written yet. I’ve written down a lot of ideas but there’s nothing even close to a script.”
While the high ratings for the reboot provided good incentive for Fox to order more episodes, the six-episode run also ended on a tantalizing cliffhanger that left the fates of Agents Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson), as well as the world, uncertain. While such endings were a staple of The X-Files during its original run, Carter admitted Monday’s ending was somewhat of a ploy to maintain interest and hedge their odds for more episodes.
“We’ve always ended with a cliffhanger,” Carter said. “This isn’t a movie; it’s a TV series. Any resolution would have to lead to more stories to tell. If [fans] feel cheated, they’re not familiar with how we’ve done the show. I think they’d feel more cheated if we resolved it and didn’t come back at all.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Anderson seemed a bit more uncertain about the future of The X-Files, noting both her familial and professional commitments, as well as Duchovny’s. “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.”