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Fox, Carter file for an "X" sequel
The truth is out there -- again.
Article from Excite.
"X-Files" creator Chris Carter is in negotiations with 20th Century
Fox to develop a second feature based on his long-running hit TV
series. As with the 1998 film, Carter would write and produce with
No cast deals been set. However, the project is being developed as a
stand-alone vehicle for agents Mulder and Scully, and thus, original
series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Both have indicated
a willingness to return for the new picture.
Duchovny is no longer with the Fox series; Anderson has long
expressed her desire to leave the Fox show following the end of the
show's ninth season, which begins Sunday. As a result, the plot of
the picture will likely not be steeped in the elaborate "X" mythology
but instead serve as a stand-alone feature.
Carter and Spotnitz are expected to begin writing the screenplay
within the next few months. Pending the hiring of a director (Rob
Bowman directed the original) and a greenlight, the picture could
begin shooting by late 2002. It's expected the earliest the film
could be released is Christmas 2003.
The first feature grossed $84 million domestically and also performed
well in home video. Overall, figuring in licensing and syndication
revenue, the "X-Files" franchise has made nearly $1 billion for Fox's
News Corp. parent since the show launched in fall 1993.
"The X-Files" remains Fox's top-rated drama and the No. 2 drama on TV
among the key demo target of adults 18-49.
By Josef Adalian
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