The original series aired for nine seasons from 1993 to 2002, and returned for a limited series last year but was met with mixed response from fans and critics. Duchovny and Scully played Agent Fox Mulder and Agent Dana Scully, respectively, who investigate “x-files”: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of alien and the paranormal while Scully, a doctor and skeptic, is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder’s discoveries to debunk his work.
The revival season’s cast also included William B. Davis, Joel McHale, Lauren Ambrose, Robbie Amell, and Aliza Vellani. While fan reaction to the 2016 episodes was mixed, demand for more episodes was rabid, particularly in online communities where Anderson’s Agent Scully is held as a feminist mascot.
“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide,” said Fox president David Madden. “Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files.”
The announcement comes after the reveal that Duchovny and Anderson would lend their voices for an upcoming X-Files audiobook, which covers the years in between The X-Files: I Want to Believe in 2006 and the 2016 revival. The story for the audiobook is based on the graphic novels by Joe Harris and centers around a data breach that forces Mulder and Scully out of anonymity and back into the conspiracy-laden, extraterrestrial world from the show.
Emily J | TV Editor