20th Century Fox Television is in talks to revive The X-Files and Prison Break, two of its most cherished television properties. The possible reboots of both television series comes after the success of summer 2014’s reboot of 24.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Fox network chairman Dana Walden and CEO Gary Newman have confirmed that they are in discussions with The X-Files series creator Chris Carter. The intention is to reboot the series by bringing back David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who famously starred as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
“It’s true that we’ve had some conversations on The X-Files,” Newman told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re hopeful of being able to bring that back at some point.”
However, it is likely a reboot is still at least a few years away if Duchovny and Anderson’s roles are crucial to the reboot plans. Both actors are currently preoccupied with other projects: Duchovny is the leading star in NBC’s upcoming Aquarius limited “event series” based on the Manson Family murders and Anderson is the star in BBC’s The Fall and has a recurring role in NBC’s Hannibal.
Along with The Simpsons, The X-Files was one of the young network’s first flagship television series and contributed to the network’s growth in the American entertainment market. The science fiction horror drama series began in 1993 and ended in 2002 when ratings fell.
The first five seasons were filmed in Vancouver, which helped develop the region’s young film and television production industry. Beginning at the sixth season, production was relocated to Los Angeles to accommodate Duchovny’s desire to be with his wife.
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