20th Century Fox has set July 25 as the release date for the second X-Files movie. The science fiction film, directed by Chris Carter and written by Carter and Frank Spotnitz, is the second feature film based on Carter’s TV series The X-Files. It follows the first film from 1998 and the stars of the show, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, return as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
Although the central plot has not been revealed, producers have said that the movie will be a supernatural thriller that takes the two main characters in new directions. The popular TV series, which ran for seven years, tracked the pair as they investigated the weird and wonderful. Anticipated after the end of The X-Files’ ninth season, the film was in development for six years before filming began last December. Carter, Duchovny and 20th Century Fox, have added that the film would, "stand alone" and be apart from the “mythology” of the television series.
Carter has also added when asked that the film would be consistent with the entire X-Files story arc; Scully’s child William would "not go unconsideredâ€¦ [The story] takes place in the present and uses a story envisioned when the series ended."