GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fans of the “X-Files” television series may “want to believe” as a rumored reboot of the popular show that starred David Duchovny alongside former Grand Rapids resident Gillian Anderson as characters Mulder and Scully, is gaining momentum.
According to a Vanity Fair article, the lead actors, director, studio and network may be on board.
Fox TV group chairman Dana Walden is quoted on deadline.com as saying the conversations “have been only logistical, looking at windows when the key players, creator Carter and stars Duchovny and Anderson, are available.” A reboot would be unlikely without those pieces in place.
The article also states that the push to revive the series came from Anderson herself.
During a podcast from The Nerdist, she was quoted as saying she would be “overjoyed” to make more episodes. Listeners of the podcast used a Twitter hashtag to show support for the idea and the response was “overwhelming.”
The next link in the chain would be Carter, who is reportedly open to the idea and might jump at the chance considering the expressed interest from fans.
But don’t expect a full series. Duchovny went on record to say that he would not be interested in doing a full season saying, “We’re all old, we don’t have the energy for a full season.”
Anderson moved to Grand Rapids when she was 11 and is a 1986 City High graduate. She also served as an intern at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts and performed in local productions.
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There’s a scene in the second season of BBC’s The Fall, now available on Netflix, in which Jamie Dornan’s serial-killer character, Paul Spector, pins a young woman to a bed and binds her hands with a tie. It’s easy to shout the obvious in that moment: “He’s basically Christian Grey!” But the show, while drawing superficial and absurdly well-timed comparisons to Fifty Shades of Grey, is fundamentally different from the E.L. James franchise: It doesn’t feature an Anastasia Steele. Paul’s victims are professional women in their 30s; his wife is an emotionally strong neonatal nurse; and the woman hunting him, officer Stella Gibson, is independent, laser smart, and the opposite of a submissive virgin. She’s also played by a veteran of the Strong Women on TV club, Gillian Anderson (The X-Files). Cosmopolitan.com spoke to Anderson about The Fall‘s depiction of male violence, daddy issues in sexually liberated women, and finally shooting a scene with Dornan.
Show creator Allan Cubitt wrote an essay for The Guardian in response to critics who’ve said the show glorifies violence against women. I agreed with his points: The series doesn’t show gratuitous violence, you get a sense of who the victims are. I’d also add that, if anything, the show is borderline misandrist — not misogynistic. What’s your take on the way gender plays out on the show?
I feel exactly the same way. Along the way of doing interviews, I was asked questions like, “What do you feel about the glamorization of violence against women? What about the glossy images of their naked bodies?” And I was like “Whoa, whoa, why are you saying glossy images? Let’s not use that word.” “Well, they’re glossy.” “No they’re not glossy.” They’re not. They’re pictures of women that a serial killer has posed, but they’re crime-scene photos. They’re not lingering on them, they’re not glossy, and they’re not an attempt to elicit a sexual response or to glamorize those women who have been victimized. None of that is actually happening. One of the things that Allan makes clear is the fact that sometimes when you point to something, you become accused of contributing to it. And that is, ultimately, what I think has happened.
Following the success of Fox’s 24 limited series, the network is looking to bring back another iconic drama series, The X-Files. Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman today confirmed chatter that the network is in talks for a new installment of Chris Carter’s cult supernatural drama, which starred David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Newman went on to say he was “hopeful” about the outcome.
Later, fellow Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden said that the conversations so far have been only logistical, looking at windows when the key X-Files players, creator Carter and stars Duchovny and Anderson, are available. She confirmed that a potential X-Files followup will star the original leading duo of Duchovny and Anderson. There have been no creative discussions yet about what that new series might be.
Carter hinted at a possible reboot in the summer, acknowledging he had had conversations with Fox and 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind X-Files. The series already spawned a movie franchise, and there also has been a fan campaign to extend that franchise with another movie.
In over 20 years on screen, Gillian Anderson has chased aliens and personified Dickens characters, but her current role as “The Fall’s” Stella Gibson, the tough detective on the trail of a ruthless serial killer, might be one of her most defining. Just as the second season of the British drama comes out on Netflix, Indiewire spoke with Anderson about playing Gibson as a sexual being, the show’s distinct and deliberate pacing, what similarities it shares with “Hannibal” (on which she also stars) — oh, and the well-known brewery she once worked at, which has honored her on two different occasions.
While I was prepping for this interview, someone brought to my attention that there is a Goose Island beer named after you.
[Laughs]. Well, it’s named after Scully I think. Or is it me?
There was a Scully, but there’s a second beer now called Gillian.
Oh, wow! And it’s got strawberries in it or something, is that right?
They need to make a blonde one because now I’m blonde. A blonde ale.
That came about because you used to work there right?
Yes, I did indeed.
When was that?
That would’ve been when I was in college, so somewhere between, yikes, 1986 and 1990. I forget, but while I was in college.
I bring it up because it’s one of those fascinating questions — when you were working at Goose Island, did you ever foresee ending up in the position you are today?
At the time I was studying acting at the Dublin Theater School Conservatory, and my dream, as I’m sure it is with most actors, was that I’d be working professionally and being known amongst the world. That’s all a part of the fantasy, right? But I also wanted my work, whatever it would be… I mean originally my interest was only in film, so in those mediums… on some level there has to be enough of an ego to keep you going to think that maybe your name will become a household name. So if I was contributing to that fantasy in any way, I guess part of that fantasy might include someone naming something after me. [laughs] There’s a lot of ego involved in that particular thought pattern.
Gillian Anderson is looking luminous sitting in a sun-drenched Pasadena hotel room wearing a white flower-print dress.
It’s a far cry from the world she inhabits on “The Fall,” in which she plays a British police detective on the trail of a serial killer of women in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The entire second year of the series is being released Friday on Netflix.
The first year introduced viewers to Anderson’s character, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, who had been sent from London to Belfast to look into an unsolved murder case. When it becomes apparent that it involves more than one killing, she stays on.
“The Fall” makes no secret of the murderer, a seemingly mild-mannered bereavement counselor in plain sight named Paul Spector. He is played by Jamie Dornan, a relative unknown when he was cast by series creator Allan Cubitt.
Since then, the 32-year-old actor became the subject of much hoopla when he was cast as the male lead in the film adaptation of the sexy potboiler “Fifty Shades of Grey,” being released Feb. 13.