Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny -- through the somewhat plausible shadow-worlds of conspiracy theory, pseudoscience, urban legend, and the neverending search for extraterrestrial life -- let us know years ago that the truth is out there. Somewhere. But the truth of whether or not there will be a third "X Files" movie itself has been a tricky thing. Until now. Because it appears that both Anderson and Duchovny are on board for a third go-round in earthbound theaters.
The Inquistr reported Oct. 14 that both Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, whose acting careers received a boost through their popular portrayal of FBI agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, are ready for a third "X Files" movie to complete a trilogy (behind 1998's "The X Files: Fight The Future" and 2008's "The X-Files: I Want to Believe."). The two got together Saturday at the Paley Center for Media in New York for a 20th anniversary celebration of the Fox Television hit show that ran nine seasons from 1993-2002. Called "The Truth Is Here," the pair participated in a panel discussion for fans of the franchise that was covered in an "ask me anything" session on Reddit. They later made an appearance together at New York Comic-Con as well.
It would appear that "X Files" creator Chris Carter is also ready for a third installment in the movie franchise.
"I think Chris is working on a script," Duchovny told fans. "Chris is shooting a pilot right now, so he might not be working on a script, but he claims to be working on a script, and if he does do that and Fox wants to make it… Gillian will do it, I will do it, so start your writing campaign now. Seriously. We’d all love to do it. The ball is in Fox’s hands. And not Fox Mulder, Fox the studio."
Fox Studios owns "The X Files" franchise and would have the ultimate say over whether or not a third movie would get a green light. And it is difficult to see the film giant giving the project a definite "yes." The first "X Files" movie pulled in over $83 million in domestic ticket sales and nearly $190 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. However, the second feature release, "I Want To Believe," scored only a disappointing (just shy of) $21 million domestic and just over $47 million worldwide.
Still, as Duchovny was quick to mention, fan support might push Fox Studios to move toward making "The X Files" 3.
Anderson agreed. "If it takes fan encouragement to get Fox interested in that," she said, "then I guess that's what it would be."
One avenue would be through petition-signing, one of which is already online at Change.org. Created by "X Files" fan Megan McDonald, the petition implores Fox Studios to make and complete the trilogy, because, as she states, the studio has "nothing to lose" and fans need "closure" to the Mulder and Scully story (for example: are they married or not?).
Another avenue would be directly messaging the Fox Studios through their Facebook page.
So, like the truth, the answer to whether or not Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny get to reprise their roles as Scully and Mulder is out there. Well, out there in some shadowy studio executive boardroom in Los Angeles anyway...