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New X-Files Movie

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the i-want-to-believe-it dept.

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An anonymous reader writes to let us know that a new X-Files movie is in pre-production, directed and written by Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Duchovny said in an interview that his understanding is that filming will start in November for a summer 2008 release. The article notes that in an earlier interview, Anderson said the film "would stay away from the series' (and first film's) sometimes tortured mythology" (quoting the article, not Anderson).

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Wow! (5, Insightful)

j0nkatz (315168) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896697)

I want to believe!

Re:Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19897665)

The real question is: is this being filmed in Vancouver? Cuz we all know how much Davie likes Vancouver...

Wait, what?! (5, Insightful)

LordPhantom (763327) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896713)

Ok, so if the 2nd movie will be staying away from the "tortured mythology" of the series and the first movie.... how is it an X-Files movie?

God help us if this turns into some John Cusak-esque romantic comedy (with a dash of aliens).

Re:Wait, what?! (5, Funny)

aichpvee (631243) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896753)

Better than what I first read. I was still groggy from a nap and read "New X-Men movie starring starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson." Worse still, my first thought at that wasn't that I'd read something wrong but rather "who cares if Solid Snake isn't writing this one?"

Re:Wait, what?! (1)

wolf369T (951405) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897561)

Ah, teenagers this days...

Re:Wait, what?! (4, Funny)

arivanov (12034) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897699)

At least you did not read it as "X-File themed episode of Red Shoe Diaries" starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

Re:Wait, what?! (2, Informative)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896771)

It will be like the monster of the week episodes. There'll be some monster/mutant/ghost/miscellaneous paranormal phenomenon/entity to center the movie around, but no extraterrestrials or global conspiracy covering up said extraterrestrials .

Re:Wait, what?! (3, Funny)

redanzl (455100) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896791)

I just hope they don't cast Gary Shandling as Muldur's long-lost sister.

The conspiracy stuff.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19897511)

All the conspiracy stuff with the aliens and the cigarette man and all that was always the least interesting part of the show, IMO.

I was always disappointed when a new episode came on and I could see it was going to be one of "those" episodes. I'd just turn the TV off and go do something else.

The best episodes were the one-off stories, like the inbred farm boys or the tapeworm man, etc. All that alien conspiracy crap was just tripe, as far as I'm concerned.

Re:The conspiracy stuff.... (4, Insightful)

packeteer (566398) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898371)

The weird sci-fi ones were the best. I liked the one where the bugs would come if they didn;t have light, or the arctic research lab with the worm that made people go nuts, or even the one on the dead tanker where the water was poisonous. Those episodes are the ones that were really scary because it was a "what if" kind of effect. It was plausible that it could happen and so it was interesting. Thats good science fiction to me. Don't get me wrong, space operas like star wars are cool and all but thats all people see as sci-fi these days.

it's funny (4, Interesting)

caitsith01 (606117) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897569)

There has always been a big division amongst fans.

Myself, I have always loved the conspiracy arc in the x-files, and I know a lot of others who feel the same way. Although it got rather convoluted with the bees and so on, some parts of it (such as Tunguska and all that stuff with Krycek, and the shifting role of the Cancer Man/X/Deep Throat/Bill Mulder) were fascinating and were definitely what kept me tuning in week after week.

Yet some people hated that stuff, and loved the "locals tell of the mythical swamp monster... and here it is!!!!11!!!1!" type episodes, the "monster of the week" as someone called it here (also "serial killer of the week" at times). Personally I feel like those episodes were frequently poorly done, and the sfx never really carried the silly plotlines adequately. There are some notable exceptions of course (I loved the Loch Ness Monster episode, but of course that was great mostly because they never show the thing).

Of course some of the better episodes had a bit of both - a "monster of the week" which turned out to be part of the broader conspiracy arc, or segued into it.

My perception is that more hard core fans tend to prefer the aliens, casual fans prefer the wolf-man stuff. Maybe it's an attention span thing too. It will be a shame if the new episode does nothing to move the conspiracy arc forward - of course, it may well be set earlyish in the series, rather than at the end.

Re:it's funny (2, Insightful)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897637)

Non-fans - that is, people who don't have loyalties to series but simply look for quality stories - will want a good film that stands on its own, instead of engaging in self-absorbed world-building.

I'm really getting to hate fan-think. It's cheapening the way we think of narrative. Too much adolescent desire to inhabit an imaginary world, not enough use of art/narrative to think reflectively about our own world and lives.

I normally wouldn't be so abusive, but the way that you framed it actually valourized escapism over the creation of powerful cinema, and accused those of us who weren't playing as-if of having poor attention spans.

Re:it's funny (5, Insightful)

Pfhorrest (545131) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898085)

I think your portrayal of those intrigued by fictional worlds as "self-absorbed" is just a nasty a slight as the person to which you're replying.

While meandering about a library once I picked up some book vaguely related to Lord of the Rings or Tolkien or some such and read a bit of it wherein Tolkien was lamenting the popular (at the time of his writing) disdain for fictional worlds as works of art in their own, and the insistence that all fictional stories serve some allegorical purpose of illustrating something about some particulars here in the real world. (If anyone can cite the passage I'm trying to recall I'd much appreciate that!) Of course all stories, no matter what "world" they're set in, will touch on and illustrate themes about "human" nature, whether or not the characters are actually human, because for the story to be engaging at all they've still got to be recognizable as people and thus will have (and act according to, and suffer the consequences of) psychological traits just like humans in the real world do. But the War of the Rings doesn't have to be an allegory for World War II; Sauron's Orcish army doesn't have to be a representation of the German war machine; Gandalf is not Jesus Christ come to guide the West against the forces of evil! Certainly real-world events and history can influence the creation of a fictional world - e.g. Tolkien's mythology draws clear inspiration from real-world mythology, both Christian and pagan - but that doesn't mean the fictional world has to be somehow a proxy for the real one. Maybe someone just wanted to tell a cool story against a cool backdrop. Or maybe, as was the origin of Middle-Earth, maybe someone just wanted to create a cool backdrop. Reading real-world mythology isn't always that engaging, but it paints an interesting and sometimes beautiful picture of the world.

This debate seems to me like arguing whether portraits or landscapes make for better paintings; or more accurately, whether representational painting (of real things that actually exist before the painter) is better than purely imaginative painting (of things that exist nowhere but in the artist's mind). Each sort requires a different kind of talent and is useful to different ends: a representational painter must be able to accurately reproduce the details of the real things before him, and as such talk about the details of his painting, if it's well done, can serve as proxy for talk about the real thing. But an imaginative painter who creates fanciful images from whole cloth has a level of creativity and inspiration that someone who can only paint representationally lacks, and such fanciful art is great for - you said it - escapism, which is a perfectly fine recreational activity. Likewise with portraits vs landscapes - different levels of scope, different levels of detail, both valid art forms.

Some people like vast, epic stories that flesh out grand worlds; some people like close, character-driven stories instead; some people like stories set in the real world, during real events, with which the reader is familiar to some extent; others like stories created ex nihlo which transport you into a wholly original, novel experience. All of these things have their appeal, and arguing for one over the other is as silly as arguing over favorite colors or ice cream flavors.

Re:it's funny (1)

turing_m (1030530) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898379)

"But the War of the Rings doesn't have to be an allegory for World War II; Sauron's Orcish army doesn't have to be a representation of the German war machine; Gandalf is not Jesus Christ come to guide the West against the forces of evil!"

Considering that Tolkien described it as "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work, unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision" to a Jesuit friend, it would seem more applicable to the incursions of Islamic forces into Europe and the eventual response to them. But yeah, it can be just a story too.

Re:it's funny (1)

The Madd Rapper (886657) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898275)

I enjoyed both. I followed the mythology enthusiastically, but to this day, my favorite episode is Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose.

Oh man, I Think I Just.... (4, Funny)

N8F8 (4562) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896717)

Had a geekgasm!

Re:Oh man, I Think I Just.... (3, Funny)

SpaceballsTheUserNam (941138) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896767)

Meh, I'm waiting for The Lone Gunmen prequel.

Re:Oh man, I Think I Just.... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19896787)

Sick, dude! The truth is out there. And it just made me puke in my mouth a little bit.

Re:Oh man, I Think I Just.... (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896943)

Had a geekgasm!

Not as big as a beowulf orgy, though.
       

Re:Oh man, I Think I Just.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19897989)

Lemme guess... you were alone when it happened?

It wasn't just the mythology... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19896719)

...that was tortured.

Lost is better (-1, Offtopic)

feed_me_cereal (452042) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896723)

don't need this, already have lost :)

Re:Lost is better (0, Offtopic)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896795)

You'll have to wait until 1/18/08 for a Lost movie...well, you might get a Lost movie, anyway.

Re:Lost is better (cliche too easy) (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897003)

You'll have to wait until 1/18/08 for a Lost movie...well, you might get a Lost movie, anyway.

Eh, they "lost" the Lost movie. Well, it joins the Apollo 11 footage I guess.
   

Re:Lost is better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19897041)

How about... Just get lost?

Re:Lost is better (0, Flamebait)

nukepuppy (246164) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896857)

ummm how can you even begin to compare the two? Lost is a POS.. X-Files is a legend in comparison

sorry get a life

Re:Lost is better (0)

feed_me_cereal (452042) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896897)

For a start: the story actually goes somewhere in Lost. They actually did some story writing ahead of time instead of just tossing out some meaningless obscure crap every now and then. The suspense in Lost means something because you know it's eventually going to be dealt with, and that the story will change dramatically and in not entirely predictable ways. Lost can seem cheesy at times, but overall it has much more depth than x-files could ever hope to have.

Re:Lost is better (1)

david_craig (892495) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896997)

Ah, but Lost reaches a mainstream audience, whereas today X-Files is predominantly for geeks. And this is Slashdot.

Re:Lost is better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19896999)

But Lost has ended now. They made it off the island and lived non-happily ever after.

Re:Lost is better (2)

chebucto (992517) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897073)

What? IMNSHO, Lost stinks of focus groups and cash-cow milking. It's been treading water since the first season; since then, they've thrown out a new scrap of mythology every couple of episodes, which more often than not bears no reference to what came before (eg the six toed statue), while spending the rest of the time on pointless flashbacks and love triangles.

The X-Files had a planned story arc that should have lasted seven seasons; stupidly, Chris Carter let himself be bribed, and tried to extend things for another couple of seasons. For those first seven seasons, things did go somewhere with the X-Files; mythology was built by adding information about the conspirators, the alien invaders, the black oil. That mythology is the main reason why X-Files was so good.

Re:Lost is better (2, Informative)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897337)

For a start: the story actually goes somewhere in Lost. They actually did some story writing ahead of time instead of just tossing out some meaningless obscure crap every now and then. The suspense in Lost means something because you know it's eventually going to be dealt with

My god, you're trusting. Did you ever watch Alias, JJ Abrams' previous series? It had a lot of mysterious backstory, involving the magical Rambaldi devices and several -- I lost count -- rival secret spy organisations, and everybody related to and alternately saving or betraying each other. It ended in a disappointing, confused pile of nonsense worse than the X-Files finale.

If Abrams has an ending planned, it's going to use a lot of "it was just a dream/illusion" etc, to paper over the cracks.

Re:Lost is better (1)

feed_me_cereal (452042) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897551)

never watched alias.... now you've got me worrying :( He did at least promise that it wouldn't be a "it was all a dream" or a "they're already dead" ending, but it is difficult to tell what sort of ending could tie everything up. I haven't been disappointed so far, so I'm holding out hope.

Re:Lost is better (2, Funny)

largesnike (762544) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897889)

did at least promise that it wouldn't be a "it was all a dream" or a "they're already dead" ending
Oh God, if he did that, I'd personally bust his kneecaps!

Re:Lost is better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19897559)

Yes, because people watched Alias for the story. We watched it because of Jennifer Garner's curves.

Re:Lost is better (1)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897589)

Oh, dear gods, not Alias...

Started off as a spy series, then turned into a bloody soap opera.

I have never seen an episode of Lost, but now I have no desire to check it out. At all.

Re:Lost is better (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898459)

Abrams hasn't really had anything to do with Lost since the pilot, so it isn't fair to compare Lost to Abram's earlier works.

Alias seemed to have a metaplot planned for several seasons, but the studio execs hated the whole Rumbaldi thing, by season 4 they ditched the whole serial/cliffhanger thing and even aired episodes out of order. Eventually it became a lame spy/action series with the overall plot taking a back seat, and even completely contradicting itself as Sydney becoming pregnant with no explanation after all her eggs were removed. Whatever was originally planned for Alias never reached fruition. Abrams walked away from the show after three seasons, got bored, and let other people deal with the mess.

Carlton and Cuse however have masterfully minded Lost since day 1. They have said that no doubt no ending can satisfy the fans, and some people will inevitably be let down when all the answers are laid on the table, but they have promised there will be no cheap tricks. No purgatory. No dreams. No zombies popping up.

I'm grateful for that. Lost may be the best show I've ever seen on television, and with each passing season, I fall in love with it even more, even if there are stretches for a few episodes here and there that I don't enjoy as much. It is certainly the most ambitious story I've ever seen told on television. And while I enjoyed X-Files a great deal, it is unfair to compare the two.

X-Files had plenty of filler with monster-of-the-week episodes, and in the end, didn't have the much plot. You can sum up the main conspiracy plot in a paragraph or two. The show lived on atmosphere, and the charisma of the two leads. A similiar premise without such charisma is bound to come across as lame and fail. Night Stalker and Supernatural.

I own the entire run of X-Files on DVD, but Lost is a very different beast. It really is.

Aliens won't probe anymore (3, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896729)

Gillian Anderson has got to be pretty old by now. The fun may be gone.

Re:Aliens won't probe anymore (3, Insightful)

karnal (22275) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896855)

Makeup and plastic surgery, son. Makeup and plastic surgery.

Re:Aliens won't probe anymore (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896873)

Makeup and plastic surgery, son. Makeup and plastic surgery.

But after a while there is only so much that can be done and the aliens start to look more attractive in comparison.
     

Re:Aliens won't probe anymore (4, Informative)

sTalking_Goat (670565) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897029)

she only going to be 40. She's not that old.

Re:Aliens won't probe anymore (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897063)

she only going to be 40. She's not that old.

That's the age a gal's tits and ass like to play "compass". Maybe that's the movie plot: she'll find a supernatural bra in New Mexico to shape up, but the FBI will try to take it away.
             

Re:Aliens won't probe anymore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19897033)

She looked pretty hot in that Idi Amin movie... King of Scotland, sum like that. That's pretty recent, no?

Re:Aliens won't probe anymore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19897771)

and how. i would have wet my end on that one.

Re:Aliens won't probe anymore (2, Informative)

albyselkie (1078835) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897347)

At the risk of espousing an opinion that has nothing to do with Gillian Anderson's hotness (but since it seems to be a prereq for the thread, I think she is still both hotter and more genuine than approximately 84% of the actresses in the biz), maybe--despite some of the crap of the later seasons--Chris Carter has earned enough trust for X-Files fans to give a new movie the benefit of the doubt, at least.

And Lost? Eh. Never got me watching. The X-files did, even if those days were long ago and far away. Maybe the aliens won't probe, but it sure would be fun if they would.

Re:Aliens won't probe anymore (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897487)

Gillian Anderson has got to be pretty old by now. The fun may be gone.
She's within a year or two of my age - works for me.

/P

Re:Aliens won't probe anymore (1)

Loquis (56476) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897723)

Bleak House - hot upper class totty

Re:Aliens won't probe anymore (4, Funny)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898249)

>Gillian Anderson has got to be pretty old by now.
Well I wouldn't climb over her to get to you.

well, the aliens left (1)

acvh (120205) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896775)

a movie about the return of the sideshow freaks might be good.

and a high probability of a good soundtrack.

Re:well, the aliens left (2, Informative)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896973)

a movie about the return of the sideshow freaks might be good

Oh, that was funny as shit! X-files was one of the few series that both my wife and I watched (normally, we have very different tastes). After the sideshow episode, we both starting using the cliche, "Don't worry, somebody ate the problem".
     

Yay Music! (1)

MacGyver2210 (1053110) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898183)

I really did like the first soundtrack a whole lot. Right down to the crazy "Crystal Ship" mix and the reggae-esque song "Invisible Sun". If they can come anywhere near that type of quality on this soundtrack, I'll get it regardless of if I see the movie or not(ok, so there's no way I won't see an x-files movie).

(heh, my Captcha word is 'snifter' ... time to get my drink on /.?)

sweet! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19896781)

here's hoping to a Gillian Anderson nude scene. In fact, I humbly suggest they skip the plot of just show close ups of her bazoongas and shaved crotch. A Natalie Portman cameo would be acceptable.

Re:sweet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19897227)

bitch is old. Fuck, NP is old too.
Here's hoping there's a hermione upskirt shot in the next Harry Potter movie....

Lost its edge (5, Interesting)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896785)

Part of the fun of the original series was the non-closure (no solid proof or clarity) and the tension between believer and skeptic. They drifted away from this later in the series, and even the first movie. At the end of the series, Scully became the believer and the new guy the skeptic, but it never quite worked right. For one, there was no sense of sexual tension between the new dude and Scully like there was in the original pair.

Re:Lost its edge (1)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896989)

Did you ever watch the X-Files?

Part of the fun of the original series was the non-closure (no solid proof or clarity) and the tension between believer and skeptic.

Didn't Scully once do a hostage swap with an alien corpse for Mulder? Wasn't that in the first season? I was a big fan back in the day, but I think was fun involved a lot of ignoring the solid proof and carefully avoiding the lack of tension between believer and skeptic.

That said, the only time I ever dreamt I was married, it was to Gillian. So if she's in it, I'll watch it.

Re:Lost its edge (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898215)

That said, the only time I ever dreamt I was married, it was to Gillian.

Did it go somthing like you were a fanatic believer that you & her were made for eachother, but she was a carefull skeptic & you ended up chasing her around for the whole dream ?

I just want to make sure without a doubt, that I'm not alone.

Re:Lost its edge (1)

Txiasaeia (581598) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897513)

Regardless of the relationship between Scully and Doggett, the episodes in Season 8 rival any of those in the other seasons. It was time for a change, and the writers really showed that they knew what they were doing.

Re:Lost its edge (1)

AngryJim (1045256) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897703)

"For one, there was no sense of sexual tension between the new dude and Scully like there was in the original pair."

I can't imagine being penetrated with cold liquid metal would be any fun at all, thus the lack of sexual tension.

Re:Lost its edge (2)

lendude (620139) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898077)

What are you talking about? My wife loves it!

Yours sincerely,

Robert Patrick

Re:Lost its edge (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898225)

You've obviously never seen Debbie Does Dallas 911.

Re:Lost its edge (1)

AngryJim (1045256) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898237)

Netflix to the rescue... ...oh wait

Re:Lost its edge (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898251)

I think it's Netchix you're thinking of.

Re:Lost its edge (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897903)

Part of the fun of the original series was the non-closure (no solid proof or clarity) and the tension between believer and skeptic. They drifted away from this later in the series, and even the first movie. At the end of the series, Scully became the believer and the new guy the skeptic, but it never quite worked right. For one, there was no sense of sexual tension between the new dude and Scully like there was in the original pair.

The problem with series is, that try to keep the status quo for years and years and that never happens in real life. So of course it didn't "quite work out".

How can there be strong sexual tension between you, single, and your single female work partner for years and years, and spend every day together and go through everything and nothing come out of it? It's a joke.

Another such element, if anything, Scully was a "non-believer" for far too long. She has seen and analyzed and solved hundreds of those "weird cases" and she's as skeptic as in episode 1? Nonsensical.

The mythology is indeed tortured since they kept finding clues everywhere, EVERYWHERE about weird stuff, and never getting anything real, so to keep "suspence" going on. But suspence can last only so long.

If worked for years, seeing so much shocking things, getting so close every time and ending up with nothing, I'd probably totally lost it and slit my wrists one day. Their initial behavior was mechanically copied from episode 1 onto season and season and it got old real fast.

The Lone Gunmen die! (2, Funny)

tylersoze (789256) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896821)

Oh wait, was I suppose to put a spoiler alert first?

Re:The Lone Gunmen die! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19896907)

That was one of the saddest moments I have ever experienced.

Re:The Lone Gunmen die! (1)

Prof.Phreak (584152) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896971)

Didn't they die already (in the series?).

Re:The Lone Gunmen die! (2, Informative)

tylersoze (789256) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897019)

Yeah it's a reference to this infamous Slashdot article: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/04/22/022222 1 [slashdot.org] I thought it was especially appropriate given the previous Harry Potter spoiler article.

Re:The Lone Gunmen die! (0, Redundant)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897131)

They never showed the bodies. That's the beauty of Sci-Fi, dead isn't necessarily dead. Remember when Spock died? He was in the next movie.

Perhaps the Men In Black have been keeping them locked up in a secret facility.

LK

It will never reach the cinema (3, Informative)

david_craig (892495) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896901)

As someone who shares a flat with an avid X-Files (or more correctly Gillian Anderson) fan, I've been hearing rumours about this for, oh, at least two years now. And even now it sounds as though the script hasn't even been finalised yet, and they might not have all the funding they require at this point. Because the series finished so long ago, and (even according to a significant portion of fans) lost it's way over the final couple of series I think this movie is going to be a hard sell for a mainstream audience. Which I think will result in budgeting problems for the producers, which could mean delays or the filming not even being completed. I'd love to seen another X-Files outing, (and not just to watch my flat mate explode in the ecstasy of a celluloid Anderson experience) however I'm a very long way from getting my hopes up.

Re:It will never reach the cinema (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897695)

The reason it hasn't materialized yet is that Chris Carter and FOX were locked in an epic battle of lawsuits over the money that the first movie made, among other things.

With the lawsuit resolved, the property can now be developed in new ways.

So what's the point? (4, Insightful)

frovingslosh (582462) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896911)

said the film "would stay away from the series' (and first film's) sometimes tortured mythology"

So what's the point, other than to cash in on the franchise? Way bother to have an X-files move if you don't folow the X-files back story in it? It would be like taking some scifi space move that was completely unrelater to the star trek universe, casting a couple of aging trek actors, and slappimg the Star Trek name on it.

Re:So what's the point? (1)

TenBrothers (995309) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897355)

Prequel!

Re:So what's the point? (1)

IceCreamGuy (904648) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897621)

The majority of the episodes had nothing to do with the mythology; most of the show was concerned with individual incidents and one-time characters. I don't see why, if they take this in the horror-suspense direction, that it couldn't be a great movie. the episodes were in between the length of a normal T.V. show and a movie already, so I'd imagine it'll just be a really good, extra-long, badass episode. At least, that's what I hope will happen.

Re:So what's the point? (1)

cHiphead (17854) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897805)

A really good, extra-long, badass episode will be great, if its made for tv. If this is a real movie, these sonsabitches BETTER continue that fucking story line, theres still too much to be developed upon, or I say we riot and burn some Fox shit down, starting with Fox News studios. Then we make Duchovny and Anderson act out live a new, corrected x-files movie script of our choosing. And Robert Patrick has to be there, unless he's busy killing Eddie Furlong, then he can have a pass. ;)

Cheers.

Re:So what's the point? (4, Insightful)

g0at (135364) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898043)

So what's the point, other than to cash in on the franchise?

In the film industry, sequels get created precisely for that purpose: to cash in on the franchise.

Executive producers greenlight these types of films because they're virtually guaranteed a certain audience.

-ben
(BCIT Film)

Re:So what's the point? (2, Insightful)

niin (1013329) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898185)

Some of the best episodes had nothing to do with the mythology. 'Home', for example, was great, and had nothing to do with aliens. That specific episode wouldn't make a good movie, but still, there really were very few episodes that had to do with the main mythology.

Duchovney & Anderson (4, Interesting)

Bitsy Boffin (110334) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896979)

Meh. I never really liked Fox Mulder, Dana Scully was hot initially, but over time she got older, and whinier, and then the whole hooking up with Fox, and the child and the.... oh man, totally sucked the hot right out and replaced it with booooring.

An X-Files movie would be great. But you don't need Fox or Dana to do it. Fresh faces, fresh talent, less annoying. Although, if they could get W. B. Davis back as the C.S.M in a major plot part that would be fine by me, I liked that guy. It could be a pre-quel, before the X-Files, examining some aspect of the origins of the whole back story. That'd be cool.

Re:Duchovney & Anderson (0, Offtopic)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897151)

Dana Scully was hot initially, but over time she got older, and whinier, and then the whole hooking up with Fox, and the child and the.... oh man, totally sucked the hot right out and replaced it with booooring.

Scully was a bit husky initially and she had that big "Maniac Cop" chin. She didn't get hot until about the third season.

LK

Re:Duchovney & Anderson (1)

Bassman59 (519820) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897657)

Dana Scully was hot initially, but over time she got older, and whinier, and then the whole hooking up with Fox, and the child and the.... oh man, totally sucked the hot right out and replaced it with booooring.

Scully was a bit husky initially and she had that big "Maniac Cop" chin. She didn't get hot until about the third season.

LK

Well, Gillian Anderson WAS pregnant during the second season ...

Re:Duchovney & Anderson (1)

Strange Ranger (454494) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897523)

A prequel? How about some continuity and closure?

X-files is to blame for my refusal to watch long story arc shows anymore, Lost, Heroes, etc.
A good story arc doesn't just fizzle away, but you can bet your TV that's what will happen. It gets to the point that it's obvious the writers are just making things up from week to week just to string the viewers along. The plot starts to look like swiss cheese, and then it just melts away.

I was hooked on Chris Carter's long running "mythology". Talk about getting snookered.

Re:Duchovney & Anderson (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897969)

I was hooked on Chris Carter's long running "mythology". Talk about getting snookered.

When the supposed super secret conspiracy government was spilling all sorts of urban legends for everyone to see, and mystically collecting the evidence in the end, that should've tipped you off better.

You can't have a conspiracy that involved the entire horror pop-culture, and that is both so poorly kept that it has sprungs hundreds of weird cases across USA, and then still well kept enough not to leave evidence.

Not to speak of Fox and Skully's forensic analysis skills: oh, there's not a 50 foot monster here, means there's no evidence left! Bugger.

"hot" women (2, Informative)

caitsith01 (606117) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897541)

Dana Scully was hot initially, but over time she got older, and whinier, and then the whole hooking up with Fox, and the child and the.... oh man, totally sucked the hot right out and replaced it with booooring

If you want consistently "hot" women then try watching porn, that's what it's for.

Scully's character was very complex and brought a vital part of the main dynamic of the x-files (faith/spirituality versus objectivity/rationality) to life. On matters of the paranormal, she represented science and objectivity against Mulder's sometimes irrational desire to believe. Yet on matters of spirituality, she supported religion in the face of Mulder's skepticism. Over time their roles would intertwine, invert, and revert. When Mulder left and Agent Doggett took over, Scully became the 'Mulder' type character with a belief in the paranormal and Doggett the unbeliever.

In summary: Scully was/is a great and interesting character who drove the series beyond the usual two-dimensional sci-fi claptrap. If you stopped watching because she isn't "hot" to your standards, then you are a fool of the highest order. I note that you did not make similar remarks about Duchovny's character, when he has aged quite a bit too (apart from his hands, which remain perfect).

Re:"hot" women (1)

Bitsy Boffin (110334) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898145)

I watch shows that I find appealing, character hotness is only one of the factors contributing to the appeal of a TV show, Scully being hot made the show more appealing, Scully being not so hot made the show less appealing, but nether hotness status is the sole reason for appeal. Note here that I specifically identify this as Scully's hotness, not Anderson's - there is more to hotness than physical appearance, infact, Anderson wasn't then and isn't now particularly hot in my opinion.

Being straight, Duchovny's hotness or lack thereof did not noticably affect the appeal of the show for me and so the fact that he may have become less hot with age did not adversly modify my desire to tune in.

CSM was more appealing than both mulder Mulder and Scully to me, through intrigue alone, CSM in an episode made the episode for me more appealing, CSM not being in an episode made the episode less appealing.

To summarize... Movie_Based_Around(CSM) > Movie_Based_Around(Fox+Dana) ...in my opionion.

Re:"hot" women (4, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898443)

If you want consistently "hot" women then try watching porn

The truth really *is* out there.
I just didn't expect to find it on Slashdot.

Re:Duchovney & Anderson (1)

Bassman59 (519820) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897643)

An X-Files movie would be great. But you don't need Fox or Dana to do it. Fresh faces, fresh talent, less annoying. Although, if they could get W. B. Davis back as the C.S.M in a major plot part that would be fine by me, I liked that guy. It could be a pre-quel, before the X-Files, examining some aspect of the origins of the whole back story. That'd be cool.

The episode "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man" did a pretty great job setting up CSM's back-story. He killed both JFK and MLK Jr, and explained that he did the latter himself because he respected the man too much to leave the job to someone else.

The kicker is when CSM's short story gets published -- in a porn rag.

Re:Duchovney & Anderson (1)

bckrispi (725257) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898241)

The kicker is when CSM's short story gets published -- in a porn rag.
No, it was a pulp fiction magazine. The irony was that CSM - who built his life around distortions and re-writing history, had his own story edited so heavily that he couldn't even recognize it as his own work.

Re:Duchovney & Anderson (5, Funny)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898117)

An X-Files movie would be great. But you don't need Fox or Dana to do it. Fresh faces, fresh talent, less annoying.

Yup. Other movie ideas I'm having along the same approach:

X-Men movie but swap the DNA mutations for emo culture and hard metal/rock underground.
Batman movie without costumes and gadgets, about the struggles of a billionaire Bruce Wayne to increase his company revenue.
James Bond prequel. Like, how his parents met up and married or something?
Toy Story movie about alcoholic toys in mid-life crisis, sexual problems and physical abuse.
Star Wars movie set in the wild west.
Jurassic Park, but instead of real dinosaurs, it turns out Dr. John Hammond hired ILM to make elaborate fake computer dinosaurs and escape abroad with hundreds of millions of investor funding.
Saw 4, where it turns out everything in Saw 1, 2, 3 was a dream sequence of a poor patient dying of cancer, and telling the story of a cancer patient finding true love in his last days of life.

trolL (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19896981)

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Vampires, Gah! (1)

Lije Baley (88936) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897099)

If not for the "tortured mythology" the series would have been nothing but "vampire" episodes. PLEASE, give us the tortured mythology!

X-Files 2 - The Search For More Money (1)

heauxmeaux (869966) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897259)

Can't beleive no one said it yet.
I love David Dutchoven.

Anderson is back (2, Funny)

mk_is_here (912747) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897485)

Welcome back, Miss Anderson. We miss you... Oops, sorry, wrong movie quote.

No "tortured mythology"? (1)

Txiasaeia (581598) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897503)

I'm going to chime in with the others and say that the X-Files mythology was what made X-Files so great. ***SPOILERS:***

At the end of the series, we're waiting for the alien apocalypse (or *something* significant*) in 2012. Mulder and Scully are finally together. Everything's pointing towards an end of the world scenario, and they're going to give us a MotW? Why bother? Unless, of course, there's a third movie planned to cover the events in 2012... or X-Files 2 is a Jose Chung-style "episode." That I'd pay to see. It'd be great to see Mulder back on the screen - he was missed during S8&9 - but honestly, I'd prefer a new mythology ep.

Re:No "tortured mythology"? (1)

joemod (1068624) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897669)

And to continue a bit your thought ***SPOILER *** If they continue the story from when the series finished perhaps they will add their child to the story. The alliens were continuously chasing Scully to kill their child while she was carrying it so she gave him for adoption to save his life. Maybe they will change the time to 2012 were the apocalypse is bound to happen while Maulder's and Dana's child will be the main character of the movie and the one who will save the world...

MotW? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19897961)

and they're going to give us a MotW?
Why would they give us a Mark of the Wild? Wouldn't Shadow Ward be more appropriate?

NSA posting stories again (1)

largesnike (762544) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897579)

An anonymous reader writes to let us know...


It's too late for that, we all know who you are Deep Throat!

I don't see the point. (1, Insightful)

petrus4 (213815) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897591)

The last episode tied up all loose ends, and said pretty much everything that they needed to say, IMHO. Not only that, I also felt that the X Files was only really sociologically relevant to the 90s, as well...I think pop culture is well and truly over the paranormal/ufology in general. The Greys have more than had their 15 minutes.

The show that wouldn't die (1)

jlarocco (851450) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897667)

X-Files stopped being cool after the first few seasons. It was at its best when the series focussed on unrelated weird stuff every episode. In the later seasons it basically became a big soap opera with aliens. I stopped watching when it got to the point where missing an episode or two meant you had no idea what was going on for the rest of the season.

Cool! New Movie! (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897725)

But the MPAA still sucks...right?

Yeah, (2, Funny)

MrCopilot (871878) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897933)

I miss Mulder. I miss Scully. I missed the last freakin episode. It was just so hard to stay till the end with that Terminator guy and the Baby and agent Reyes.

Scully and Reyes Sex scene now we are talking Box Office Gold.

Old news? (1)

Zekasu (1059298) | more than 7 years ago | (#19897975)

Duchovny already stated this on a late night show interview quite awhile back. Why is this new news?

No one... (2, Interesting)

SlashDev (627697) | more than 7 years ago | (#19898047)

can come close to David Duchovny to play the role of Fox mulder. Gillian Anderson as 'old' as she is, plays the perfect role as well. Intelligent, skeptic, yet unable to poke holes into Fox Mulder's theories. For me, X-Files ended when Duchovny left. It will resume again in this movie. I found the first movie excellent, of high caliber, big production and not cheezy whatsoever.
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