The 'X-Files' Revival Will Be "Like a Six-Hour Movie," Says David Duchovny

5:35 AM EDT 5/4/2015 by Kara Michelle, Celebeat Reporter

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On March 24, Fox confirmed that The X-Files has been given the green-light to return to the small-screen as a six-episode event series, much like what the studio did in the case of 24: Live Another Day. The show's creator, Chris Carter, will be returning to helm the new project, will be penning the scripts and will also serve as an executive producer on The X-Files revival. The show's original stars, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, are also confirmed on board and will be reprising their iconic roles as FBI agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder.

On what to expect from the The X-Files revival, Duchovny in a talk with The Hollywood Reporter said: "When I was doing the show, I always assumed - because we started to do the movies - that we would naturally transition to not carrying the load of doing a full season of the show but doing a movie every four or five years. That didn't work out with the movies. ... [The second movie] did well, but I guess not well enough. Fox made some mistakes with that movie that hurt the franchise and they didn't seem to want to do another movie. So as the TV landscape changed and as it became conceivable to do this show without doing 22 or 25 [episodes] of them on television, then it seemed like a natural thing. We all started to think, 'I don't mind doing it on TV if we don't have to do a full season.' We just could make it like a six-hour movie. It's going to be the same show. It's obviously going to be different times and the characters are going to be older and all of the things that are going to be changing naturally will change."

"It's been awhile since I've played Mulder so it's going to be strange for sure the first couple days," Duchovny added, "Luckily Gillian will be there and we'll be there for each other to say, 'That doesn't seem right or something like that'. All the principals are back. Chris will be there, Gillian will be there, I'll be there and we can all check on each other and say, 'Is this the show?' Because we'll find it. It's just a matter of relaxing and letting it happen."

The X-Files originally aired from September 1993 until May 2002. The franchise also included two feature films, The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998) and The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008).

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