The acclaimed sci-fi serial The X-Files is set to return 13 years after its original run on television, with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as FBI agents investigating paranormal phenomena and the presence of aliens on the earth.
Fox Broadcasting company announced it had ordered a six-episode event series that will be helmed by the creator of the show, Chris Carter. Production of the new series will begin in the summer.
Further details remained under wraps and Fox said they would be announced at a later date. There was no word on whether other members of the cast of the series, which lasted nine seasons, would return for the new episodes.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group, said: “We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of The X-Files – one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers – and we couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again.”
The X-Files premiered in September 1993 and the influential series became a massive global hit over the course of its nine-season run. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases from the FBI’s “X-Files” that involve paranormal phenomena.