The new X-Files movie, now named The X-Files: I Want To Believe is now just a few months away, and fans are getting increasingly excited at the prospect of seeing Mulder and Scully on screen together again after so many years. But it almost didn’t happen, with the writer Chris Carter admitting he only decided to revisit the franchise and make another film after receiving an ultimatum from 20th Century Fox.
According to Digital Spy, Carter confessed to Access Hollywood:
“The reason to come back and do another X-Files movie is because Fox said, ‘if you don’t do it now…’ After six years would be too long to revisit the characters and the enthusiasm for the concept may have waned, so we chose now.”
“I think it required Fox putting a gun to my head, David being enthusiastic about coming back, and knowing Gillian was enthusiastic. It was those things, plus the fans telling us to come back, I think that was the deal.”
I’m glad the studio got on Carter’s back about it as otherwise we wouldn’t have the prospect of another movie. I usually tend to think of movie studios as the villain, thinking about profit above anything else, but on this occasion, I take my hat off to them.
The X-Files: I Want To Believe opens in cinemas on August 1st.