The truth is out there? More like the truth is about to be right here... again.
Fox has confirmed that The X-Files will return as an event series in 2016, with six new episodes of the iconic drama planned and with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson on board to reprise their roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said X-Files creator Chris Carter, who will oversee the new installment. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
The X-Files wrapped up its nine-season run on Fox in May 2002, although the franchise was resurrected on the big screen in 2008’s The X-Files: I Want to Believe, a follow-up to 1998’s The X-Files: Fight the Future.
Duchovny will next be seen in NBC’s Charles Manson-themed drama Aquarius, while Anderson will play a key role on Hannibal Season 3.
“We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of The X-Files — one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers - and we couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again,” said Fox chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden in a statement.
“The X-Files was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture - yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning.
"Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.