Fox is in Talks For an X-FILES Mini-Series; Considering More 24 and PRISON BREAK
After yesterday’s bombshell that NBC had casted Chuck’s Zachary Levi in a leading role for their upcoming revival of Heroes, Fox realized it had to return fire in a major way so as not to be outdone by one of its competitors… so of course they used The X-Files to do it.
In a surprising twist on this year’s Winter TCA presentation, the home of 24 did confirm talks are currently underway for a mini-series continuation of the Chris Carter series. However that’s where the news ends as the network did not state how many episodes were being considered, who would be returning if the event-series did in fact take place or what left over stories it would tackle.
Given the last movie sequel from 2008 didn’t address the series’ hanging thread of the apocalypse taking place, it seems a mini-series revival would be a good place to finally wrap things up the way they should have been back in 2002. As of now, all we can do is speculate – but hey, at least we can listen to Gillian Anderson and Chris Hardwick get the #XFiles2015 hashtag started on the Nerdist podcast!
However, The X-Files isn’t all Fox is considering putting back in play as at the presentation it was also stated the network is thinking about more episodes of 24 and, believe it or not, Prison Break.
Concerning 24, it was made clear there’s nothing more than ideas being thrown around at the moment, one of which would see the series continue without Kiefer Sutherland’s famed Jack Bauer (which would coincide with the rumor of Yvonne Strahovski’s Kate Morgan being groomed to take over the leading role of the show should Sutherland depart). In addition, it would work plot wise as, at least for an initial run, Jack is currently locked up with the Russians as per the end of 24: Live Another Day made clear.
As for Prison Break, this one throws us. Not so much because it’s a bad show – it’s actually a great show – but because unlike The X-Files and 24, there are no hanging threads. Everything was wrapped up rather cleanly at the end of the series and then even more so in the direct-to-video one off, Prison Break: The Final Break… and then even more so again when the character of T-Bag was revived for a one-episode arc on A&E’s Breakout Kings. So while we’ll welcome more Prison Break, it does seem rather unnecessary.
Overall, a big news day for Fox and fans of their past slate of great TV… oh, and Gotham was renewed for Season Two as well. You’re welcome.
The X-Files Are Officially Re-Opening
Fox orders a six-episode event serieshttp://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=43787
After years of wondering whether The X-Files would come back in any form – TV, movies, sock puppet show featuring voice doubles for the cast – it looked good for a return to television earlier this year and has now been confirmed by Fox: the show and its characters will return to investigate more mysteries in a six-episode “event series” much along the lines of 24: Live Another Day.
Despite David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and creator Chris Carter being spread to the winds on other projects, they’re all coming back for the new miniseries, the details of which are being kept in a locked drawer guarded by a suspicious type endlessly puffing on Morley cigarettes. So we don’t yet know if any of the other characters – Mitch Pileggi’s Walter Skinner, say, – or creative team will be back for duty. Especially since the writers who worked with Carter to create the original series have themselves gone on to chart their own telly and movie courses.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter says in a statement put out by Fox. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.” Production is now scheduled to kick off this summer.