“X-files” comes to WonderCon


Last weekend at at WonderCon, a few

lucky souls in San Francisco witnessed the trailer for the new X-Files

movie. It remains to be seen if this is a movie that should happen

— I am not a huge fan of the first — but catching a glimpse of it over

at Cinematical.com, I’m sure I sat at my computer with

an dorky fangirl grin on my face. Anticipation is sweet.

Retrocrush.com was on the scene to interview Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny afterward

about the movie and their post-X-Files perspectives. Duchovny

talks a lot (why am I not surprised?), but Anderson managed to get a

few words in. Here are some highlights. And a snap judgment:

Duchovny needs a haircut.

First, the news is that the

movie will be a throwback to the beginning of the series; there will

be mythology (as is hinted at in the trailer) but the film will be a standalone

project for those who’ve never seen the series. And for those

who stopped watching during the last two seasons, when even Annabeth

wasn’t enough to compensate for Scully’s annoyingly endless


No, Agent Reyes is

not in the film. But she’s pretty.

One question I found interesting: “Why

is the show still relevant? Why are the characters still relevant? At

the time it seemed like it was a very turn-of-the-century, millennial


ANDERSON: It’d be interesting to

know, if we had started the series in 2008, what would have been happening.

When they started it, there was something very timely about it. Whether

it would take in this day and age, I have no idea. I think that all

the elements that made it what it was contribute to why it was successful,

and why people are interested in seeing more of it.

Let’s see. A show about two people

searching for personal and public truths, set in a time when people

distrust the government’s truth-telling capacity and wonder what dirty

secrets might be hidden under official policies and sugar-coated rhetoric.

Some things are just timeless.

On whether it is frustrating to be

so highly identified with a character:

ANDERSON: There’s certain times

when my focus has been on different things. Like at a charity event

on another continent. And that’s all they want to talk about, they don’t

want to talk about the charity event. Yeah, that gets frustrating. Or

when I’m trying to promote something else and 75 percent of the interview wants

to go back to the series. It’s frustrating, but it is what it is. I

wouldn’t have the choices to do the things I want to do today if it

weren’t for the series.

I do have a little sympathy for this.

And when she does open her mouth, she has to be


When asked about the experience

of being at the panel and mingling with fans, both Anderson and Duchovny

seem to have enjoyed the experience. I know, what else would they

say? But it’s sort of cute that they might even entertain the

idea people wouldn’t come out for the movie. I mean, I knew what

was coming and I still sat through Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

ANDERSON: It’s a wonderful feeling

to know that there’s people out there who are going to show up and actually

see this film when it comes out. Their enthusiasm and their desire to

see it. I think that is rewarding, and a bit of a relief.

DUCHOVNY: It was always my hope

that we would get to do one of these every 5 or 6 years. When I was

getting off the television show I wasn’t like “Screw the show,

screw these characters, screw you!” I would love to keep doing

it, if I could come back every now and then. I love working with Gillian,

I love Chris. I love the characters. If we can pull that off, that’d

be great. And if not? I’m perfectly happy with the amount of work we’ve

done as Mulder and Scully, you know? (laughs) We’ve done a lot. So in

a way, I felt that this was “win/win”. If it continues on,

then it’s fantastic. If it goes away … well, then we did a lot.

I can’t imagine how the movie will

play out, given the ending of the series. Will Scully and Mulder’s

son, whose lame story line disappeared from the final episodes, turn

up? Will they pretend he never existed? Will they still

be on the run? Will they be pursuing the truth? I hope the

anticipation isn’t the most thrilling part of the movie, but I’m there. Ain’t It Cool


has a blow-by-blow of the WonderCon panel presentation if you want more.

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