The truth is still out there and The X-Files is back to expose it. That's right, it's official: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are suiting up once again as Mulder and Scully 13 years after the series ended for a new season of the Fox series. Mulder will yell "Scully!" once again on your television and Scully will exclaim "Oh my god" and everything will be right in the TV world.
Series creator Chris Carter is on board to helm the "six episode event series," Fox officially announced.
"I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," Carter said in a statement. "The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories."
The series is set to begin production this summer with a premiere date to be determined.
"We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of The X-Files—one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers—and we couldn't be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again," Fox's Gary Newman and Dana Walden said in a statement. "The X-Files was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture—yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning. Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as The X-Files, and we're ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they've been waiting for."
Chatter of an X-Files revival started gaining steam in early 2015 when Fox bosses confirmed they had started conversations about bringing back the beloved series that ran for nine seasons from 1993-2002 and spawned two movies.
"If this happens, it will be with David and Gillian reprising their roles. Chris is interested, both David and Gillian are interested. Scheduling it is very different," Gary Newman told press at TCA. "David has his shows and Gillian is doing something in the UK, so it's a little hard. I really don't know how fast it can happen because of that. But there are ongoing conversations happening."
The projects Newman referred to are Duchovny's NBC series Aquarius and Anderson's BBC projects including a recently announced third season of The Fall and a War and Peace miniseries. She's also a series regular on NBC's Hannibal. Carter was attached to an Amazon series, but it was canceled before it had its proper series debut.
The X-Files revival is similar to what Fox did with 24: Live Another Day. The network revived the Kiefer Sutherland series years after its cancellation to much success. NBC is bringing back Heroes for another go and there's even rumors of more Law & Order in the wings. Basically nothing stays canceled! Except Freaks and Geeks.
Now say it with us: I want to believe!