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Interview: The X-Files

IGN Australia, sat down for an interview with X-Files 2 producer, Frank Spotnitz.

Before it opens later this week, IGN Australia sat down with The X-Files: I Want to Believe’s co-writer and producer, Frank Spotnitz, for a chat about the whys and wherefores of the long-awaited next film from the house of X. The long-time co-writer and collaborator with series creator Chris Carter gets into the casting of Billy Connolly, the potential for the sequel, how the film ties into the series and a few more choice nuggets of information that no self-respecting X-Files fan can afford to miss. Enjoy!

IGN AU: Season nine ended on a cliff-hanger. Does ‘I Want to Believe’ fit into the X-Files storyline sequentially?

Frank Spotnitz: It does. It picks up pretty much six years later, since we last saw Mulder and Scully – in real-time. It’s not one of the ‘alien mythology’ stories – it’s more like a standalone episode of the series; an individual case. But it is continuous and true to their personal histories and everything.

IGN AU: That’s interesting, because David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are both a little older, a little more seasoned. Does the film take this into consideration? Does the plot fill in the gaps?

Frank Spotnitz: Yeah, it does – and we were very aware of that, actually. We first started working on the story in 2003; then the movie got held up – first by deal-making and then by some legal issues between Chris Carter and the studio. Then we returned to it four years later and we realised we had gotten older! [laughs] We had changed in that couple of years – and that made us really reflect upon how much Mulder and Scully would have changed as well.

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