This week, while promoting her new novel, 'A Vision of Fire,' Gillian Anderson teased the notion of another X-Files film. The British-American actress, who achieved international recognition as Special Agent Dana Scully, said a third big-screen adventure could be made, and tapping into the resources of a massive fan base could make it possible.
"We could crowdfund an 'X-Files' movie," Anderson told Bloomberg TV. "That (funding issue) is ultimately is what's keeping it from happening — other than Fox giving the go-ahead, which is not a small issue." Fox is '20th Century Fox,' the media giant that currently holds the rights to produce more X-Files and not 'Fox Mulder,' the other half of the X-Files' iconic duo played by David Duchovny.
'The X-Files' originally aired on Fox TV from 1993 to 2002 for nine seasons and over two hundred episodes. The show depicted FBI agents investigating mysteries of paranormal, supernatural or extraterrestrial nature. Anderson starred as Scully in all but one episode of the series. The property was also spun off into feature films: 1998's 'The X-Files', also known as 'Fight the Future', and 2008's 'The X-Files: I Want to Believe'.
Still, the prospect of crowdfunding is nothing to laugh at. It's how director Rob Thomas and actress Kristen Bell got the money to get 'Veronica Mars' revived as a feature film and it's how Zach Braff got 'Wish I Was Here' made. Crowdfunding also got major projects like Levar Burton's Reading Rainbow and Chris Robert's Star Citizen off the ground.
Anderson, who currently stars in the hit show Hannibal as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, says that series creator Chris Carter and co-star David Duchovny want to believe, and are on board for another X-File, but disappointing box office returns for 'I Want To Believe' have left the property's future rather uncertain.
In other news, Anderson has also expressed interest in a role in the third Ghostbusters film. During a Reddit AMA, she was asked about the film, reported to be helmed by Paul Feig and set to feature an all female squad of busters. Anderson responded: “OH MY GOD, I just looked it up online. Paul Feig, cast me now! Start a Twitter petition! I’m free!!!!! I’m free I’m free and I’m funny, goddamnit!” She added, "MAKE IT HAPPEN!!"
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