When Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) peered into the bowels of a UFO posed above an otherwise normal traffic jam in Washington, D.C., everyone watching thought the same thing: “Was The X-Files revival it worth it?” Whether or not you’re a die-hard fan of the show, the other half of Duchovny’s musical duo with Gillian Anderson, or New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby, the answer to this question probably wasn’t as simple as you would have liked. No matter, because Fox chairman and CEO Dana Walden and Fox entertainment president David Madden want more.
At least that’s what the pair told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s (TCA) summer press tour on Monday. According to TVLine, Madden got the luminescent-orb-in-a-bad-photograph rolling when he revealed “significant talks” with Duchovny, Anderson and series creator Chris Carter were underway. This comes as a significant update to news in May that, per Walden, Fox and everyone else wanted to do an 11th season, but just couldn’t find the time. Now it seems all parties have made the time to at least talk about the free time they don’t have.
Which is good news since, as Walden told reporters after Madden’s revelation, she “would be really happy if we were able to get eight to 10 episodes”:
“We would have liked to have done more [episodes] in the first place,” said Walden. “It was really the limitations of David and Gillian and Chris’ schedules. Gillian lives in the UK, David lives in New York and California, and we do the show in Vancouver. Chris lives up north. So it was just trying to coordinate a time where they all carve out a period to be in Vancouver.”
Whatever does or doesn’t happen with The X-Files revival, it’s probably best not to leave Mulder staring into the sky for too long. It’s not good for his neck.