David Duchovny On Next X-Files Movie, Why Last One Didn’t Work


David Duchovny’s alright in my book.  I’m a big fan of Californication and The X-Files, and while he continues to work away at the former, I think we all kind of hope that he returns as Agent Mulder in another X-Files film…regardless of how bad the last movie was (admit it, it’s not good).

The actor is hoping a new film comes along (of course) and he candidly spoke to Collider about the future of the X-Files film series.  

It really sounds like he didn’t like Green Lantern (perhaps he wanted to play Hal Jordan, hmm, imagine that idea).

Asked if the book was closed on The X-Files, Duchovny responded:

“That book doesn’t close until somebody dies, really.  One of the greatnesses of the show was its open-endedness.  It was about possibility.  It wasn’t about closure.  It just couldn’t be.  There is no such thing as that story ever ending.  Those characters are forever searching.  That’s what they do.  Even if we’re not watching them, they’re out there, in some dimension.  Mulder and Scully are still doing their thing ‘cause that’s their nature.

I would love to do another film, or more.  I think we’re all game for it.  I know I’m kind of perplexed that Fox isn’t more [enthusiastic].  Here’s a homegrown property that you don’t have to go buy, like fuckin’ Green Lantern or something, to make it.  Here you’ve got an actual action franchise that’s your own.  It’s weird to me, but I’m not an executive.  I don’t know if they made the Green Lantern either, but I’m just using that as an example of, “Why make that film?  Why not make a homegrown franchise that is excellent, and that has proven to be excellent and interesting?”  I don’t get it, but that’s not my business.”

Okay, so, he’s not taking the piss out of Green Lantern and merely using it as an example, but I do like how he instantly went to that film as his example.

Regarding the last film:

“Unfortunately, with the last one, they didn’t spend the money to compete in a summer fashion, and they brought it out in the summer.  It should be a summer film.  It should be an action film.  But, the last one we made was not.  The last one we made was a dark, contemplative, small $25 million film.  It was basically an independent film.  When you come out against Batman, it’s not going to happen.  You’re not going to be sold as an independent film, and you’re not going to compete against Batman with $25 million.”

I would love to get an X-Files film to stand behind.  I recently revisited The X-Files: Fight the Future and while it’s certainly watchable, it’s quite a mess, too…

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