Back when The X-Files was on the air it was a cultural phenomenon, and Gillian Anderson was one of the biggest stars on the planet due to her portrayal of Dana Scully, the skeptical one. Ever since it went off the air though, Anderson has been doing things like… well, international press tours for the new Rowan Atkinson slapstick Johnny English Reborn. No disrespect to Mr. Atkinson, but schlepping somebody else’s physical comedy vehicle has to be seen as slumming it for somebody who once enjoyed as high a profile as Anderson. It should come as no surprise then, that she’s using her current media platform to start beating the drum for a third X-Files film.
While appearing on the Australian morning show Sunrise, Anderson said of a third X-Files film, “I hope it will happen, there’s talk of it. I don’t know who’s writing it but I hear there’s something going on.” If a third X-Files movie was made, it would be the first time the property got attention since 2008’s The X-Files: I Want to Believe, which isn’t that long ago, but that movie was the first time the franchise had been revisited since the television show whimpered out in 2002 after a couple of readjustments in the cast and declining ratings. I Want to Believe was supposed to go into production right after the show ended, but spent six years in developmental hell when all was said and done.
That’s not to say that getting a third X-Files film is unlikely, or wishful thinking on Anderson’s part. Anything with name value is seen as being a priority in the current Hollywood climate, and the fanbase that The X-Files still has sticking around is a pretty diehard one. I definitely take Anderson at her word when she says that there is some movement going on at some level to get another one made. However, her ending comments might work a little bit against her credibility, as they’re kind of crazy. After talking about her want of a third film, Anderson also added, “I’ve always wanted to do a spoof of the X Files as a film. We talked about that for a long time but maybe after three features we could get to do a spoof feature.” Oh boy, this should go over about as well as Jack Black’s funny take on the Green Lantern mythos. I can hear the X-Files geeks sharpening knives as we speak. [THR]