The X-Files and Prison Break might make a return to the Fox network in the near future, according to execs at Fox and reports by sources like Entertainment Weekly. Though some media sources are referring to the proposed comeback of The X-Files as a “reboot,” the creator of the series, Chris Carter, and Fox execs would like to see the original actors, David Duchovny, 54, and Gillian Anderson, 46, who played FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, reprise their roles. If both actors return, the series would probably technically not be a “reboot.”
The X-Files ran on Fox from 1993 to 2002. Fox CEO Gary Neuman has confirmed that “we’ve had some conversations on X-Files.” He added that he and other Fox execs are “hopeful of being able to bring that back at some point.”
Dana Walden of Fox has hopes that Duchovny and Anderson will be back to reprise their roles, but stated that “The actors are very busy. They have a lot going on.” Also, Chris Carter, Walden stated, “has a lot on his plate.” It could be that being able to work out the logistics of when they would all have the time available to be in the new version of The X-Files is the main thing that has to be ironed out for the series to return to TV.
Also, both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are currently under contracts with Fox rival, NBC. Duchovny will be in the upcoming NBC series, Aquarius, as a Los Angeles police sergeant tracking down a young Charles Manson. Gillian Anderson is currently appearing in a recurring role on Hannibal, as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier. Duchovny and Anderson would probably have to get out of their contracts before they could be in the proposed new version of The X-Files.
Though both Walden and Gary Neuman would like to see Prison Break also make a comeback on Fox, the prospects for that happening might be not as likely as that of a return of The X-Files. However, Neuman has stated that “we’ve made it clear over the years to the studio that we would bring Prison Break back in a heartbeat.” Both Walden and Neuman made the announcements about the possible return of the two series on January 17 in Pasadena, California, at the Television Critics Association press tour.
Also during the press conference, in the Q&A part of it, Variety mentioned that Fox might be reviving the series 24, as a limited series, a bit like 24: Live Another Day. If 24 was brought back, according to Contact Music, it might not center “on Kiefer Sutherland’s character Jack Bauer.”
Will The X-Files and Prison Break come back to Fox? Both Fox execs, Dana Walden and Gary Neuman, have confirmed that they have been in talks with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson to be in a new version of The X-Files, according to the Daily Mail, but they both might have to fulfill the contractual obligations they are currently under with NBC, first. As far as Anderson is concerned, she now lives in London, England, and has three children, so she has stated when asked if she would be reprising her role as Agent Scully that she would “need to think about that.” While Prison Break is a somewhat more distant possibility, both Walden and Neuman would like to see the series come back to Fox, at any rate.
Written By Douglas Cobb
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