Die hard X-Files fans were disappointed when 2012 came and went without a third big screen installment of the popular 1990s science-fiction TV series. According to the show’s intricate mythology, December 22, 2012 was the scheduled date for the long discussed alien invasion and there was the hope that fans would get to see FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovney) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) race against time to finally outwit the invaders for good. But even though that opportune time has passed, X-Files creator is hopefully he’ll get to tell that story on the big screen.
Speaking with Empire magazine, Carter stated that while the final decisino to make a third X-Files film firmly rests with Twentieth Century Fox, he and the key cast members of the show are certainly eager to put “the band back together.”
I have an idea for a third movie in my head. The colonization date has passed, and that is something we wouldn’t ignore. For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology.
Carter goes on to say that one person that may join in on that third film is British actor Simon Pegg. When asked about the number of references to the X-Files in Pegg’s landmark British sitcom Spaced, Carter replied that he hadn’t seen the show yet but that -
Gillian [Anderson] worked with Simon Pegg on a movie [2008's How To Lose Friends And Alienate People] and told me that he was a big fan. We actually thought about putting him in the second movie, but there was no part for him. I certainly would think about him if we were to go forward in any way.
Of course, there’s been talk from Carter, Anderson and Duchovney about a possible third X-Files film for several years now. And as Carter points out, it still depends on whether the folks at Twentieth Century Fox want to make it. Will the possible involvement of Simon Pegg be enough to finally convince them? To quote the series, I want to believe.