TV Into Movies: Another “X-Files” Movie? An “Arrested Development” Movie?

By Kirsten Anderson Movie News

More big screen "X-Files?"

For reasons I don’t really understand, Hollywood likes to turn TV shows into movies. Okay, I understand–easy name recognition. But it’s a tiresome concept. Nevertheless, they persist. That is one of the virtues of Hollywood–they have a lot of stick-to-it-iveness there, a willingness to keep on doing the same thing whether it succeeds or not, a firm belief that if they just keep trying hard enough, audiences will someday fit the mold they’ve constructed for us. Congratulations, Hollywood–you try hard.

But back to our stories.

Chris Carter just sold a TV show, but his name will forever be associated with “The X-Files.” So in any interview with him, the topic is bound to come up, particularly the topic of a third movie, as we know the stars wouldn’t sign on for another TV series. Here’s what Carter told Empire:

“It’s really up to Twentieth Century Fox, whether they have the will to do it. I think all of us are interested in putting the band back together. I have an idea for a third movie in my head. The colonisation date has passed [in the series, the date for the alien invasion was December 22, 2012 - Ed.]  and that is something we wouldn’t ignore. For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology.”

…and it could have Simon Pegg in it.  Carter said:

Gillian [Anderson] worked with Simon Pegg on a movie [2008's How To Lose Friends And Alienate People] and told me that he was a big fan. We actually thought about putting him in the second movie, but there was no part for him. I certainly would think about him if we were to go forward in any way.”

Okay, then. I was a big fan of the show, but even I’m not up for another movie. Let it go.

And in other TV into movie developments, Mitch Hurwitz is writing a script for an “Arrested Development” movie. He has been doing that for years. Hurwitz told Rolling Stone:

“I’m working on the movie right now,” he said. “I can’t get into much more detail because I don’t want to scare anybody off. I don’t want to be presumptuous about it. I don’t own the property outright – it’s a 20th Century Fox property. But everybody seems really into it and really eager to make a movie…The whole thing is sort of unprecedented,” he said. “It’s always been its own little thing. I kind of feel like the more it stays original, the better chance it has. As soon as it goes back to trying to do exactly what it was before, you run the risk of doing a reunion show or something.”

It’s very tough avoiding that trap of just doing what you’ve done before because that’s what the audience wants until they get it and then they’re disappointed it’s not more original. But if you give them something too original, they miss what they knew and are unhappy about that. It’s a lose-lose proposition. Just a thought. Or a warning.

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