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OfficialXFiles.com: October 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

'X-Files' creator: Here's why there are fewer alien believers today

Blame technology.

Fox is bringing The X-Files back to television for the first time since 2002 with a six-episode run that debuts Jan. 24. The show’s creator, Chris Carter, made the trek to New York Comic Con to premiere the first episode, “My Struggle,” for approximately 800 fans on Oct. 10.
Given the fan reaction, as well as the critical acclaim that followed the show’s world premiere at MIPCOM in Cannes, France on Oct. 6, this likely won’t be the last we see of agents Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). After nine seasons on Fox  FOX 1.10% , two feature films, and one miniseries, Carter feels there’s more to explore, and in the following exclusive interview, he explains why he never really left The X-Files universe. Answers have been edited for clarity.

What was it like for you to revisit these characters after such a long period of time?
It was wonderful. But to be honest I pick up the newspaper every day, and I see an X-Files story, so they’re in my blood. I’ve written so much for them, and they’ve occupied about a third of my life, so just telling you that it’s coming back is kind of a misconception. I really never left.

How has this post-Edward Snowden and Julian Assange era, in which we now believe that the government is snooping on us, influenced The X-Files?
Completely. In the first episode, there’s plenty of reference to the government snooping on us and actually the shamelessness of it, and how it fits into possibly a larger conspiracy.

What did that open up for you guys creatively when coming back to this show?
I’ve been writing about this privately for some time. I wrote something about five years ago that was relevant to this, and so coming back I had a chance to take that material and incorporate it.

What has the evolution of new technology from smartphones to tablets to drones opened up to this universe that wasn’t there before?
You know it wasn’t there in 2002, when we went off the air. Of course the Internet was there, but smartphones and mobility weren’t. As you’ll see when you watch the series, we incorporate texts, we incorporate streaming video and technology in general.

How does the ability to instantly access information today impact developing the show?
I used to employ researchers, and we would ask them a question, and they would ask five scientists, and those five scientists would give us five different answers strangely enough. Now you can sit at your computer, ask yourself a question, and with the push of a button you can get all those answers. It’s revolutionized what we do in terms of the information at our fingertips.

Do you feel technology has changed people’s belief in aliens vs. during the show’s heyday?
They say that it actually has had the opposite effect, because belief in UFOs has gone down because UFO accounts, photos, and videos now can be much more scrutinized on the Internet.

Does that play into what you’re doing when it comes to the show?

Is there technology today that you’re specifically tapping into with this new series?

I refer to something in the pilot called “dirt boxes,” which are technology that people use on airplanes to snoop on other people. I’ll just say that.

What has the decade-plus of time that’s elapsed since the episodic TV show last aired opened up for you creatively in terms of thinking about new monsters for the series?
The genre allows for the same way to scare people in terms of using horror and suspense, but I would say that the decade since has produced new paranoia about real things as opposed to things that go bump in the night.

How has the dynamic between Mulder and Scully evolved over time?
Their relationship has been tested, and while they found themselves together in the last movie, we’ve now seen that that relationship is rocky—for reasons that we spell out in the first episode.

We’ve seen The X-Files video games in the past—what role could new technology play with this franchise?
We pushed the limits on The X-Files over the years, so thinking forward we’d love to see a virtual reality experience.

What are your thoughts about virtual reality?
I was just given a demonstration that blew my mind, so I’m thinking about it as we speak. I only saw this one example, and it was simply where you take virtual reality goggles and they snapped an iPhone onto it, but it was amazing. I had to hold on to the furniture.

What do you see VR or 360-degree video opening up to storytellers?
You have all the same problems in VR, which is time, money, budget, and what I would call “certain creative constraints put on you.”

How big into technology are you personally?
I would say I’m a reader. I’m not on anyone’s cutting edge. I’ve got an Apple Watch, and I am still confounded by it. My interest in technology is really as it relates to what I can do with it right now.

What do you feel separates The X-Files from anything else that we’ve seen in television over the years?
I’d like to think it’s a smart take on the genre, that it explores interesting things to do with science and faith in ways that some people don’t do. We are very rigorous in our science, and that’s the anchor of the show.

What are your thoughts on the role science plays today in science fiction?
It’s everything. Science fiction is predictive of science fact, and I’ve watched time and again on The X-Files when we were writing about clones 23 years ago, clones didn’t exist. Now people are cloning their dogs. The best science fiction for me is the science fiction that could be called “speculative science.”

With the critical buzz coming out of the first two screenings, where would you like to see The X-Files go next?
You’ll see, when you see the six episodes that we set up, the possibility to come back in an interesting way, so it would be the continuation of the mythology and more chills and thrills.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Here Are The X-Files’ New Opening Credits

Damn right, they're exactly the same as they were in 1993!

The world premiere of The X-Files' first new episode — which will air on January 24, 2016 — screened on Tuesday night at the Mipcom. According to THR, the audience warmly received the episode and "whooped and cheered as the closing credits rolled." But what also debuted were the opening credits to the new series, which were the same credits that aired when the show debuted in 1993.

Chris Carter explained his decision to keep the credits the same and said, “We thought about doing some changes to the original credits but then it seemed like sacrilege. Those credits were on 202 episodes. They belong on these next six.” The screening of the original credits garnered "the biggest applause" of the night.

New 'X-Files' Wows at World Premiere

“This is a dream come true for me,” said series creator Chris Carter, who added that the cult conspiracy drama could continue past Fox's new six-episode reboot.

Cynical industry journalists turned into gawking fanboys at the MIPCOM television trade fair on Tuesday night when Fox screened — in its world premiere — the first episode of the hotly anticipated return of The X-Files.

X-Files creator Chris Carter attended the launch, held in Cannes, France, and said that returning to the show, which went off the air in 2002, felt “surreal.” He added that it was “a dream come true” to bring back FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, played by original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

“I've been doing this for a little over a third of my life, so it's obviously very important for me, so I jumped at the chance to do it,” said Carter.

The audience packed into Cannes' Grand Auditorium broke out in spontaneous applause multiple times — including when Duchovny and Anderson first appeared — and the crowd whooped and cheered as the closing credits rolled. But perhaps the biggest applause came earlier, when the opening credits — with The X-Files' trademark intro music — hit the screen.

In a treat for X-Files' traditionalists, Carter has kept the series' original opening credits exactly as they were when the show first aired back in 1993.

“We thought about doing some changes to the original credits, but then it seemed like like sacrilege,” said Carter. “Those credits were on 202 episodes. They belong on these next six.”

The new series brings The X-Files, and the Mulder and Scully characters, into the present day, with ripped-from-the-headlines conspiracies involving government surveillance and corporate malfeasance added to the show's trademark paranormal paranoia. The plot has Mulder and Scully — now separated from one another privately and professionally — joining forces and reopening the X-Files after new evidence comes to light involving alien abductions and a possible global conspiracy.

Fox has put in a six-episode limited-series order for this X-Files reboot. Carter, however, held out hope that the show could return, though likely in the form of more self-contained miniseries or specials.

Joked Carter, “Mulder and Scully will be in wheelchairs before we're finished.”

Saturday, October 3, 2015

‘The X-Files’ Reboot: Everything We Know So Far

We finally will get to see Mulder and Scully 14 years after the fact, back investigating paranormal mysteries and challenging our sense of belief. There’s a whole lot to unravel in terms of what to expect, especially since the first extended trailer was finally released. Between that and rumors that have periodically been leaking out, we have plenty to be excited about. So what do we know so far? The truth is out there.

1. The show will be getting a post-9/11 update

The initial voiceover in the new trailer tells us one thing: That the new X-Files will go in on post-9/11 America head-on. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Chris Carter confirmed as much.

"The X-Files ended right after 9/11. A lot has happened since then. A lot of rollback of rights and liberties in the name of our protection. We’re being spied on now, we’re being lied to — all things that, for me, remind me of when I grew up, which was right around Watergate. I think we’re in similar and much more dire times right now."

Things like the Patriot Act, increased government surveillance, and the NSA spying on American citizens have become the seminal political issues of our generation. That being so, it’ll be intriguing to see The X-Files tackle this in a sci-fi context, all while continuing to weave its complex narrative.

2. The status of Mulder and Scully

When last we left TV’s greatest duo, Mulder and Scully had parted ways with paranormal mystery-solving. The reboot puts them right back in the thick of things, with Mulder having appeared to stumble upon something huge. Ever the skeptic, Scully seems doubtful as to the validity of her former partner’s suspicions. It comes off as a very tinfoil-hat-esque theory, but in the world of The X-Files, more often than not such conspiracies are all too real. In EW‘s on-set interview with David Duchovny, we’re told that Mulder “is in a dark, dark place.” What that entails specifically though is unclear.

3. The basic premise

The story behind the new X-Files has been laid out for us in a couple places. First, we heard from EW, who told us that things would kick off with “investigating the curious case of a possible alien abductee,” a case brought to Mulder by a conservative talk-show host played by Joel McHale. The trailer expounds further on this, outlining a massive conspiracy to utilize a perceived terrorist attack as a smokescreen for a full-on invasion. The invasion will be executed by a “well-armed, multi-national group of elites, using alien technology the government’s been hiding for seventy years.”

4. The limited run
As excited as we all our for a full-blown return for The X-Files, we should be slightly tempering our enthusiasm. The plan as it stands is to have the show return for just a six-episode run, and then fade back into the sands of time once more. Creator Chris Carter confirmed as much, describing the time spent off the air “as a 13-year commercial break.” That being so, if the show hauls in high ratings and a wide audience, it wouldn’t be the first time a network extended a limited run into a full-on new season. For now though, six episodes will have to suffice.

5. The return of the Smoking Man

The Smoking Man, played by William B. Davis, is one of the most iconic villains in all of science fiction. Despite being killed off in the original series, Davis will be returning to reprise his role as our favorite chain-smoking antagonist. Den of Geek interviewed the man himself, getting confirmation that he will “definitely be in the first episode,” while FOX’s trailer showed us a cameo in the closing moments to lend further credence to this.

6. The “brand new stories”

The temptation for any reboot is to reprise any and all beloved characters from the original. And while we’re still getting Mulder, Scully, the Smoking Man, and a couple more, Chris Carter assured EW that the new series is “not going to reboot any of the old favorites.” He went on to emphasize that “these are all brand new stories,” giving us hope that The X-Files can continue to push boundaries the same way in did in its original run. It’s always been a show that’s found strength in its originality, and bringing it back in a derivative format would only serve to diminish this legacy. New stories, new monsters, and new intrigue will define the six-episode run, debuting January 2016.