New X-Files reboot faces one significant problem, says original creator

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4 Apr 2024, 13:19

Characters Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in The X Files

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Chris Carter believes that the spread of conspiracy theories is a large stumbling block for any modern take on the 90s sci-fi show.

Original X-files creator, Carter, confirmed that a reboot of the classic sci-fi show was in the works last year, saying: “I just spoke to a young man, Ryan Coogler, who is going to remount The X-Files with a diverse cast. So he’s got his work cut out for him, because we covered so much territory.”

The planned reboot does not involve the original show’s creator, Carter, in any way, but in a recent interview with Inverse he revealed his support for the new project as well as his concerns over the problems it will face.

Black Panther and Creed director, Ryan Coogler, is at the helm this time around and Carter has said that Coogler will have the same issues he did with the original production. 

“No matter what, he's got a hard job,” he said. “Casting is a hard job. Mounting it is a hard job. All the problems that I dealt with are going to be his problems.”

On top of this though, Carter predicts that the spread of conspiracy theories in recent years will be a new, significant issue for the reboot to work around as “everything’s a conspiracy.”

“No one knows what the truth is. It’s completely subjective and relative now,” he added.

Thinking of recent news, Carter used the conspiracies online around Kate Middleton as an example: “Can you imagine, first of all, being sick — but then everyone’s got a take on it? The most private thing becomes the most public thing, and then the most misunderstood thing.”

X-Files originally aired in September 1993 and ran until 2001, before coming back for two more seasons in 2016 and 2018. It famously starred Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder, FBI agents who investigated paranormal events.

Carter fears the repercussions of making the same show, with a plot often involving government cover-ups, in today’s social climate.

“You do a show like this, there’s media done on you and it’s like, what does that spawn? What does that produce? What is the result of that thing? It’s not always good,” he explains.

He is, however, supportive of Cooler’s reboot and “looking forward to seeing what somebody else does with it.”

Meanwhile, is Gillian Anderson set to reprise the role that made her a household name in the first place in the X-Files reboot?