Monday, August 27, 2007

Important Entertainment News

No, this isn’t about Owen Wilson’s alleged (and, if true, wildly surprising) suicide attempt; this is about a second X Files flick.

In July, Duchovny told TV reporters that a second film was in the works and that co-star Gillian Anderson was on board as well. Duchovny played FBI special agent Fox Mulder opposite Anderson’s Dana Scully.

The X-Files’ creator, Chris Carter, and series executive producer Frank Spotnitz wrote the screenplay.
Spotnitz told SCI FI Wire last year that the sequel’s story would not rely on the show’s convoluted alien-invasion-conspiracy mythology, but rather would be more like one of the show’s stand-alone episodes.

I was ready to say that a sequel to the X-Files movie was a bad idea--that it’s time had past and that there probably wasn’t much interest in continuing down that path. That is because I was assuming that they were planning to do another in the mythology series. If, on the other hand, if it goes more along the lines of the old Night Stalker TV series, it should be loads of fun.

X-Files, at its best, was engrossing and, often, hilarious. While the franchise is pretty well off everyone’s cultural radar, it would do well to capture the spirit of episodes like “Bad Blood” with it’s he said/she said plot and Luke Wilson as a guest. The willingness to poke at the shows quirks, the great writing, and a cast with real chemistry made it one of my favorite episodes. If the new movie can capture that, then I’ll be seeing it a few times.


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