Chris Carter Talks about XF2
Posted at 7:18 AM (PST) on Thursday, January 17, 2008
Carter Talks X-Files
Series creator on movie sequel
by Orlando Parfitt
UK, January 17, 2008 - Chris Carter has given his first interview about the upcoming X-Files movie sequel, with the show's creator confirming previous rumours that the new film would have a standalone plot separate from the long-running 'mythology' plotline.
He told USA Today: "We spent a lot of time on [the mythology] and wrapped up a lot of threads [when the show went off the air in 2002]. We want a stand-alone movie, not a mythology conspiracy one."
Carter, who is also on directing duties, says he hopes the new movie will introduce the show's eponymous stars - maverick FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) - to a new generation. "There's a whole audience I want to introduce The X-Files to," he explained. "There were kids who couldn't watch it on TV because it was too scary. Now they're in college. I wanted a movie that everyone could go to."
So expect a plot resembling one of the show's "monster of the week" standalone episodes - which often featured ghosts, mutants and other supernatural phenomenon.
Another aspect of the project Carter seems keen to emphasise is the relationship between the show's two leads. He said: "For me, The X-Files has always been a romance. They had an intellectual romance that's very rare and restrained compared to so many relationships on TV. I think that's what appealed most to the fans. And they're back."
The as-yet-unnamed X-Files sequel is currently set to be released in the U.S. on July 25 and August 1 in the U.K.