Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny On Board With Third 'X-Files' Film

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Monday, 14 Oct 2013 02:00 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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If Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have their way, the "X-Files" could complete a trilogy with a third movie from one of Fox's first hit television series.

Speaking at a program celebrating the 20th anniversary of the "X-Files" premiere at the Paley Center for Media in New York City on Saturday, Anderson and Duchovny agreed that they would be interested, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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Anderson said the 20th anniversary of the television show may spark enough interest among fans to get the attention of 20th Century Fox.

"If it takes fan encouragement to get Fox interested in that, then I guess that's what it would be," Anderson, 45, said, per the Times.

Some wondered if the main characters had reached their romantic arc, with a suggestion in the second movie "X-Files: I Want to Believe" in 2008 that Dana Scully and Fox Mulder were married.

"All the principals are on board," said Duchovny, 53, according to the New York Daily News, including "X-Files" creator Chris Carter. "Gillian and I want to do it, so it’s really up to Twentieth Century Fox at this point."

The biggest challenge to an "X-Files" trilogy is box office potential. The Los Angeles Times reported that "X-Files: I Want to Believe" pulled in only $4 million on opening day. That led to a $20.9 million take domestically and $47 million overseas.

That was a big difference from the original "The X-Files" movie, which drew $83.8 million domestically in 1998 and $105 million overseas.

Since the "X-Files" series, Duchovny has starred in the Showtime series "Californication" from 2007 to 2013, winning a best actor Golden Globe as the lead in that series in 2008. He also won a best actor Golden Globe for his "X-Files" character in 1997.

Anderson is starring in the new Netflix series "The Fall," and she has a role in the NBC series "Hannibal."

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