Fans of The X-Files TV series and movies know that a third film has been talked about ever since The X-Files: I Want to Believe came and went in 2008, despite the second film not performing as well at the box office as 20th Century Fox had hoped it would. Various members of The X-Files cast and crew have expressed a strong desire to make a third movie, including actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, as well as creator Chris Carter and producer Frank Spotnitz. While some were let down by the last film, most X-Philes still want that third movie that would deal with alien colonization in 2012 – a subject that was arguably the biggest plot point of the entire series that never really got resolved because, well, it wasn’t the year 2012 when the series ended.
But, now that 2012 is here, and the Mayan calendar is coming to an end on December 21st, fans of the series have been questioning whether or not a third movie is even possible this year. In response, Spotnitz addressed the issue in a blog post today over at his Big Light website (I like to think my recent message I sent Spotnitz compelled him to write it… wink, wink). Read on to see what he had to say regarding the possibility of a third X-Files film being released this year!
From Frank Spotnitz, via Big Light:
Since The X-Files: I Want to Believe was released more than three years ago, the question I have been asked most often is, “When is the next X-Files movie coming?”
The box-office performance of the last film has made it difficult to answer. Some people said the audience just wasn’t there anymore. Others blamed the subject matter, the relatively modest budget, the lack of promotion, the release date, or the movie itself.
But wherever the finger of blame was pointed, I told everyone and anyone who would listen that it would be a mistake to count out The X-Files. “Don’t give up,” I kept saying, echoing the line Father Crissman told Scully in the last film.
Support from fans around the world, frequently spearheaded by the amazing team at XFilesNews.com, has been unwavering. Time and again, X-Philes have mounted imaginative and powerful campaigns to get the studio’s attention – to remind 20th Century Fox that they are sitting on one of the greatest franchises in history, a creative and commercial gold mine that has been left languishing.
Now we are only eight months away from December 2012, the series’ fabled date for alien colonization. I wish I could write today to announce that a script has been written, or even commissioned. Despite my cheerleading, cajoling and plain nagging these past few years, that is not the case.
But I am not writing today to say I am giving up.
I am writing to say it is not too late to make a third X-Files movie.
I am writing to say I still believe the audience is out there for an epic film that would bring to a close the series’ rich and complex alien storyline.
I am writing to say leaving the last chapter of this great story untold is a terrible shame and great waste.
I am writing to say I won’t give up.
And I hope you won’t, either.
Pretty exciting for the fans, although a statement like this means that a green light for the film has to be given, like, now (20th Century Fox has been hesitant as of late to get going on movies based on popular TV shows). It is common knowledge that The X-Files: I Want to Believe was completed in approximately seven months time, and the first film, The X-Files: Fight the Future, was completed in a relatively short amount of time as well. Spotnitz is right, in that it is entirely possible that a third film could still come out by December of this year if things get moving.
However, I really hope the script and production of the film isn’t rushed just to get it out in theaters by the end of this year. More than anything, as a fan I simply want a worthy conclusion to what is unarguably one of the most ground-breaking television shows ever created. As long as the creators of the third film do whatever that takes to make that happen, I’m behind it 100%.
From the IBG Inc. charity event, July 31, 2011