FBI agents Mulder and Scully are set to reunite on TV screens, as Fox has announced The X-Files will return as a six-episode series on FOX. The new episodes will begin filming this summer. Returning as the supernatural sleuthing duo Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Also back is series creator Chris Carter.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
Although the series ended 13 years ago, the story continued in two theatrically released films, the second of which was released in 2008. Although the critical reception was indifferent to the movies, fans have long campaigned for more adventures following the romantically entangled pair.
The series followed special agents Mulder and Scully who were tasked with investigating the paranormal. Haunted by his own past, Fox (Duchovny) begins as an obsessive; convinced that the “truth is out there”. Scully (Anderson) takes a more scientific approach, debunking a series of unexplained events until eventually she too sees the wider conspiracy.
The TV show ran for nine seasons and won multiple awards as well as a legion of fans who were eager to see if the friction between the characters would lead to romance.
The format of the event series is yet to be confirmed.