It seems with each passing week that yet another original performer or writer is rumored, then confirmed, for the upcoming X-Files revival at FOX. Actor Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner) and two writers were the most recent announcements. Yet the one name that’s been on everybody’s mind since the beginning hasn’t popped up — Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gillgan.
Unfortunately, Gilligan confirmed in his Reddit AMA yesterday that we will NOT be riding with the old gang again:
Unfortunately I won’t be writing for the reboot, because my work on Better Call Saul will keep me from doing that. I’m very sad to miss out, because I would love to have a hand in The X-Files reboot. The X-Files was my second favorite job ever, a close second to Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, and I’d love to be a part of it. Rest assured, I will be watching it as a fan. I can’t wait to see it.
The writer of classic episodes like “Pusher” and “X-Cops”, Gilligan stirred us all up back in February when he enthused about the revival with a fan website. When asked whether or not he was writing for the event series, he said he’d “love to be involved.” Now we know IT WAS ALL A PACK OF LIES.
I’m actually glad Gilligan’s not involved, if only for the reason that Better Call Saul is becoming its own wonderful thing and I selfishly don’t want it to suffer as a result of Gilligan’s absence. That being said, YOU STEPPED ALL OVER MY HEART, VINCE.