Duchovny Talks More “X-Files” Beyond Revival

Though David Duchovny is on a press tour for the NBC summer series “Aquarius,” many of the questions he is being asked revolve around the recently announced “The X-Files” six-episode event series continuation which is expected to air early next year.

The actor tells Variety that though this is only a six-episode run, he’s hoping the series could continue on in the future provided the episode count remains limited. In fact, the series return would have never happened if they had to do a full 22 episode season:

“Six to me sounds very doable at any walk of my life. It’s not a great hardship in terms of time. I would hope it will be successful, I would hope we could continue, but right now, I’m just looking at it, as these six, and then we’ll see what happens.

I would never have gone and done another 22 episodes of X Files, but we’re going to do six, well, that’s like doing a movie. That’s like continuing the show in a way that we all can do at this point in our lives so that’s it all came about.

Television started to change in that now there are limited runs. I think it’s the way the networks have to survive in the future. I think you can attract the talent you want by having a shorter season and you can tell more interesting stories.”

Duchovny adds that he always expected Mulder and Scully to come back, it was really just a question of when:

“We always wanted to keep it going. We always envisioned a movie franchise when we stopped the TV show, and we did two – the second one did well, but I guess not well enough to do a third, and we were all kind of disappointed that didn’t happen that way. I feel that X Files never really went away. It was always like people kept on talking about it. I feel like so many shows have come out of X Files. So much of not only TV, but film, has taken a turn into science fiction and superheroes. ‘Twilight,’ to me, comes out of X Files. So I figured, why not us?”

Then of course there’s the darkness and gore of the series which was pretty graphic back in the day, though seems a bit tamer now. Duchovny compares the level of new episodes being akin to NBC’s “Hannibal”:

“I’m not a violence fan, and I don’t look at it so much so I don’t think about it. I’ve seen some images from ‘Hannibal,’ I think that’s well within what we need. I can’t imagine us wanting to get any weirder and darker than that, so I feel like we’re fine.”

Finally, Duchovny admits that he’s not certain if William B. Davis and Mitch Pileggi will return as Cigarette-Smoking Man and Walter Skinner respectively, despite comments he said to the contrary: “I’m not even sure they’re signed up yet. I guess I spoke out of turn. But I assume they will. I assume we’ll have as many people as we can. The show is the show.”